Transportation, Logistics & Utilities
Katy is located directly west from downtown Houston, Texas, and is primarily served by Interstate 10 (IH-10). I-10 runs from Jacksonville, Florida to Los Angeles, California and is the preferred southern truck route across the United States.
Katy is located about 16 miles west of Interstate 45 (I-45), the main north/south interstate in Houston, and is 20 miles west of Interstate 69. Major roadways that serve Katy include US 90, the Grand Parkway (TX 99), Westpark Tollway, and the Katy Tollway. These routes enhance the ease of accessibility throughout Katy and the Greater Houston Metro area.
Grand Parkway (TX 99), which is built to Interstate standards, connects I-10 to US 290 as well as I-45 and I-69. Additionally, the expansion and extension of the Westpark Tollway from Grand Parkway is completed to FM 723 and will expand to the City of Fulshear.
The Katy area is receiving millions of dollars in funding for new road construction and upgrades to existing roads through area mobility bond programs, with many road projects recently completed and in progress.
The Houston Airport System is among the largest airport systems in the world. The Houston Airport System consists of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Field (EFD). The airport system serves well over 55 million passengers (2017) annually and offers direct flights to roughly 240 locations domestically and 70 plus destinations internationally. Combined, approximately 450,000 tons of freight pass through the airport system each year.
Bush Intercontinental is Houston’s largest, is among one of the busiest airports in the U.S., and serves as a hub for United Airlines. Hobby Airport is a key airport for Southwest airlines and ranks among the top 35 airports for passenger traffic in the country. Ellington Field is a joint military and civilian airport which serves as a base for NASA.
Katy is located roughly 40 miles from Hobby Airport and 45 miles from Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Houston Executive Airport (HEA), is located about one mile north of I-10 on the Katy ISD border. This airport provides 6,610 feet of runway with FBO and general services catering to corporate jet aircraft.
West Houston Airport is located in the City of Houston and provides a 4,000 foot runway to accommodate aircraft of varying sizes. The airport operates 24 hours a day with expansive facilities in close proximity to the Katy area, specifically the Energy Corridor.
Katy was born a railroad town, and rail continues to be a part of our logistics solutions. The Union Pacific Railway operates a branch line industrial lead track from the City of Katy that connects to Sealy, Texas. From Sealy, Union Pacific connects to cities throughout the Midwest and all points to the West Coast.
The Port of Houston is a 25-mile long complex of diversified public and private facilities located just a few hours by ship from the Gulf of Mexico. The port is consistently ranked 1st in the U.S. for foreign waterborne tonnage, 1st in U.S. for imports, 2nd in the U.S. for export tonnage and 2nd in the U.S. for total tonnage. It is also the nation’s leading break-bulk post, handling 65 percent of all major U.S. project cargo. The Port of Houston is made up of the public terminals owned, managed and leased by the Port of Houston Authority, and the 150-plus private industrial companies along the 52-mile long, 530-foot wide Houston Ship Channel. Each year, more than 200 million tons of cargo move through the Port of Houston, carried by more than 7,700 vessels and 150,000 barge calls. The Houston area is also served well by Ports in Texas City, Galveston and Freeport, Texas.
Public transit needs are powered by Metro through a Park and Ride Garage and locations in the Katy area, a transit program in the Energy Corridor and the Colorado Valley Transit Authority contract service.
For many years, utility systems in the Katy area have provided energy and vitality to residents and businesses. That same spirit continues today with many area utilities receiving acclaim and awards for their efficient and effective operations.
Water and Wastewater
The City of Katy has received awards for many years for its acclaim as a Superior Water System in the State of Texas. The City of Katy can meet water and wastewater needs of commercial and light industrial users. Areas located outside city limits are served by Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) which are public boards appointed to operate and manage public infrastructure for major development areas, such as master-planned communities. Fire protection is provided for businesses by overhead and ground storage tanks. Water service rates range from approximately $1.80 per 1,000 gallons to $4.50 per 1,000 gallons, depending on volume usage. Wastewater rates are similar in cost.
CenterPoint Energy, a strong partner in economic development and the local distribution company, provides electricity services to the Katy area. Deregulation is in effect in Texas and typical capacity available is 35 kV (35,000 volts), although some sites have access to 138 kV (138,000 volts). With some basic information, Katy Area EDC staff can provide industrial and commercial rates from retail providers.
CenterPoint Energy also provides natural gas services to the Katy area. CenterPoint Energy's Transportation Services offers qualifying end-use commercial and industrial customers a choice in their natural gas supply. Si Energy provides natural gas service in the Katy area as well. By providing customers access to competitive natural gas suppliers, CenterPoint Energy enables customers to maximize the value of their natural gas consumption. Transportation Services’ suppliers ship natural gas to qualified customers in the Houston area. For rate, tariff and other information, visit CenterPoint Energy’s "Transportation" webpage. Typical gas line size and pressure in or near business parks is two to four inches with 50 to 60 psi (high pressure).
Katy offers access to a dynamic broadband telecommunications backbone from facilities-based government regulated carriers such as Consolidated Communications, AT&T and Xfinity. Services available include: Cloud Services, Hosted VoIP, PRI, Datacenter, Online Backup, Hosted Exchange, High Speed Internet with redundant connections from 10Mg to 100Gig – SONET-protected, Resilient Fiber Network, Carrier Ethernet – point-to-point or multi-point, Metro Ethernet, Colocation and Dark Fiber. All major wireless phone companies provide service in the Katy area.
Residential/commercial service is provided by private companies, such as Republic and Waste Management. Curbside recycling of newspaper, magazines, aluminum, plastic and cardboard is available at public schools. Curbside recycling is provided in most Katy neighborhoods and master-planned communities.