Getting To & Around
Taylor County, located in west central Texas, is well connected within the state and the rest of the United States via several major highways. Major roadways include U.S. Highway 83/84 and 227, Interstate 20 and State Highway 36. The area is served by railroads of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe, and the Burlington Northern. Bus service through Greyhound as well as public transit service is available in Abilene. Public transit service for rural Taylor County is available through CARR (City and Rural Rides).
For those arriving by air, Abilene Regional Airport serves Taylor County with daily service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located 185 miles east of Dyess Air Force Base.
Driving and Commuting
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Ave.
Austin, TX 78731
Texas Department of Public Safety
Driver’s License Office in Taylor County
4649 S. First St.
Abilene, TX 79605 325-695-0988, ext. 54237
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday
Within 90 days of moving to Texas you must obtain a Texas driver’s license — active-duty military service members, and their spouses and dependents, may drive with a valid driver’s license issued by their home state. The Texas Department of Public Safety issues driver’s licenses. The minimum age for getting a Texas driver’s license is 16 years old.
Adults who hold a valid, unexpired out-of-state driver’s license are exempt from the knowledge and driving tests.
Unexpired licenses must be surrendered when applying for a Texas driver’s license.
You will need the following when you apply for a Texas driver’s license:
- Documents that verify your identity, Social Security number, U.S. citizenship or lawful presence status, and Texas residency
- Proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance for all vehicle’s registered in your name
- Completed “Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card”
- Any necessary fees
Residents of Texas have 30 days to apply for vehicle registration. Active-duty members are not required to register their vehicles in Texas. To register your vehicle and obtain license plates, visit the county tax-assessor collector office. You will need your insurance card, inspection papers and proof of ownership. You are not required to title your vehicle in Texas, but first-time registrants must complete Form 130-U. If the title has a lien, you must complete Form VTR-272.
For more information, visit http://txdmv.gov/motorists/new-to-texas.
Automobile liability insurance is required by law in Texas. The minimum limits of liability required under Texas law are: $30,000 for each injured person, $60,000 per accident and $25,000 for property damage.
Drivers may take their vehicle to any certified Texas Department of Public Safety inspection station. Drivers will need their insurance card.
Texas Department of Transportation
Visit the Texas Department of Transportation’s website to get information on travel resources, road conditions and to view traffic cameras. Maps and information about commuting options, safety rest areas and interstate highways are also available.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
3200 E. Airfield Drive
DFW Airport, TX 75261 972-973-3112
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located approximately three hours east of Dyess Air Force Base. One of the world’s busiest airports, it is nearly 27 square miles in size. The airport serves more than 150,000 passengers daily with 20 passenger airlines that provide domestic and international service.
The airport’s rental car center features 11 rental car agencies. Courtesy cars to local hotels are also available. Charter buses, public transportation and taxi service is also available from the airport.
Abilene Regional Airport
2933 Airport Blvd., Suite 200
Abilene, TX 79602 325-676-6367
Abilene Regional Airport is located less than 15 miles from Dyess Air Force Base. The airport is served by American Airlines, which offers daily flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Rental car service at the airport is provided by Avis, Enterprise and Hertz. Visit www.aa.com for American Airlines booking information.
City and Rural Rides
Operated by Central Texas Rural Transit District, CARR is a rural public transit service for several counties in Texas, including rural Taylor County. Customers may schedule rides to any location within the service area along with limited cities outside of the area. For more information on reservations, visit www.cityandruralrides.com.
CityLink is the public transit system for Abilene, providing fixed-route bus service, ADA paratransit service and demand-response evening service. Nearly 20 fixed routes provide service around Abilene, with all but one route starting at the downtown transfer station at 1189 S. Second St. Demand-response evening service offers curb-to-curb service. For more information on routes and fees, visit www.abilenetx.com/citylink.
1657 State Highway 351
Abilene, TX 79601 325-677-8127
Greyhound provides service between several points in Texas and across the United States. Call for hours of operation and ticketing schedules, or book online.