Temple was founded as a railroad town and still serves as a major freight railroad hub today. Temple is served by mainlines of both Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Union Pacific (UP). Burlington Northern Santa Fe has a main switching yard and lines that run north to south across the community adjacent to Interstate 35, as well as east to west. Temple’s Rail Park at Central Pointe offers a short line railroad The Temple & Central Railway (TC). TC was awarded an exclusive long-term license agreement by the City of Temple to operate over 10 miles of rail line in Rail Park. TC provides rail switching and other rail-related services to customers located in Rail Park such as: Lock Joint Tube Texas, Mars Petcare, Capital Aggregates, Pactiv Corporation and Wilsonart International.
Temple is located in the Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area. In addition, Temple is just 30 minutes from two commercial service airports (Killeen Regional Airport and Waco Regional Airport). The Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport is centrally located in the heart of Texas, adjacent to Fort Hood. Just 30 minutes from Temple. The airport offers direct, non-stop air access to Dallas / Fort Worth, Houston and Atlanta airports. Carriers include American, Delta, and Continental airlines and ample parking.
The Waco Regional Airport is located 35 miles north of Temple, and 90 miles south of Dallas-Fort Worth. The Waco Regional Airport is critical to air travel for the Central Texas Region, offering great convenience for travelers to and from Central Texas. Service providers include American and Continental Airlines.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is located 65 minutes south of Temple. Carriers currently serving AUS airport include: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Branson Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and U.S. Airways. ABIA currently offers non-stop service to 37 destinations.
Locally, Temple is serviced by the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport. It is a FAA Part 139 municipal facility with a 7,000-foot runway that provides general aviation services, fuel, corporate jet services and hangers. Draughon-Miller has a Texas National Guard training facility, general airfreight/cargo services, and military aircraft maintenance operations.
The city of Temple is located in the heart of Central Texas on Interstate 35; 45 minutes north of Austin/Round Rock and 30 minutes south of Waco. Temple’s location along Interstate 35 connects the community to the international markets of Mexico via Laredo and three of the largest metro areas in Texas: Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Ft. Worth. In addition to Interstate 35, other major highways in the community include: US Highway 190, SH 36, SH 53 and SH 95. With a population of 66,102, Temple is a "principal city" in the Metropolitan Statistical Area with an approximate population of 405,300. Temple is located on Interstate 35 and within 180 miles of 80% of Texas’s Population. The population within a 45-minute commuting range is 856,155.