Final Report
December 2013

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Updates the key accomplishments of the Mobility Investment Priorities project funded by the 82nd Texas Legislature through Rider 42.

Economic & Congestion Benefit Evaluation
December 2013

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Provides an overview of benefits that result from transportation mobility improvements and offers a comparison of those benefits with the preliminary project cost estimates.

Long-Term Central Texas IH 35 Improvement Scenarios
August 2013

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The MIP modeling analysis for IH 35 analyzes the "big picture" of travel patterns and congestion for IH 35.

Public Engagement Activities Update
May 2013

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Revisits the intent, goals and benchmarks outlined in the May 2012 report and examines current efforts by the individual study areas to assess progress to help agencies ensure that their public engagement activities are meaningful, credible, productive and successful.

What we are doing and why

Traffic congestion in Texas is choking our highways and choking our economy, making it harder to buy what we need and harder to keep or find a job. In our most congested cities, lost time and wasted fuel are now costing us nearly $10 billion a year. And beyond the economic costs, traffic delays rob us of time we would rather spend with family and friends.

Recognizing the growing urgency of this problem, the Texas Legislature has set aside $300 million to get the state’s highest-priority roadway projects moving. As part of that effort, the Legislature directed the Texas Transportation Institute to help TxDOT and local agencies do two things:

  1. Advance those projects that can do the most to improve mobility and strengthen local economies in the most congested regions – Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio – not only through new construction, but also through better traffic and demand management.
  2. Identify the most publicly-acceptable options to pay for the state's most urgent congestion-relief projects.

The population in Texas is growing and transportation revenue sources are shrinking, creating a gap between mobility needs and solutions that grows wider with each passing day. The Mobility Investment Priorities project is designed to assist state leaders in their efforts to close that gap.