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Accession Number PB2013-100486
Title Mobility Investment Priorities Project Early Recommendations Report February 2012.
Publication Date Feb 2012
Media Count 45p
Personal Author B. Stockton D. Ellis P. Lasley T. Lomax
Abstract Traffic congestion has been a significant problem in Texas major metropolitan areas for many years, directly affecting the states economic growth and quality of life. About two-thirds of Texas residents live in urban areas that are ranked in the 40 most congested U.S. metro areas, and three metro areas (Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Austin) are in the top 15. Perhaps more disturbing, however, is the fact that not only is congestion high, but Texas traffic problems are also increasing faster than in similar U.S. areas. The four largest metro areas (including San Antonio) rank in the 15 fastest growing congested areas in the U.S. over the last 15 years (1). Funding for many of the traditional solutions in Texas large metro areas is not scheduled to increase and congestion will continue to worsen (2). However, there is a generally accepted path toward improvement involving these elements among other planning steps (3): .. First and foremost, state and local transportation agencies must be perceived as doing a good job with the funding and priorities they have. They must be effective and efficient. .. The agencies must have a coherent plan with sufficient information to convince the public that any additional funding will generate significant benefits and be spent on the most important problems. They must be accountable and transparent. .. The financing plan must take maximum advantage of all the options that the public will support. .. The public must understand and support any set of projects, programs, and plans that are developed from the process.
Keywords Congestion growth
Economic growth
Metropolitan areas
Mobility
Texas
Traffic congestion
Traffic management

 
Source Agency Texas Transportation Institute Texas A&M University
NTIS Subject Category 85H - Road Transportation
43G - Transportation
91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
Corporate Author Texas Transportation Inst., Austin.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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