Gulf Coast Institute special reportFor those interested, here's a bird's-eye
view of the raging debate in Houston over highway expansion. Will Texas
become another California? To read the Transportation Disconnect report,
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----- Original Message -----
From: David Crossley
Are Supply and Demand Out of Sync in Houston?
Public opinion in professional surveys and government-mandated
transportation plans reveals a mismatch between where the public wants to
spend its transportation dollars and where those dollars are actually going.
In the 1980s, transportation planning in Houston was very simple: when
demand increased, planners simply poured more pavement and the public was
largely satisfied. By the 1990s, the pouring stayed the same, but the public
began demanding more sophisticated solutions. By 2003, transportation tops
out as Houstonians' most serious concern and it appears that transportation
supply is disconnected to public demand, which increasingly favors transit.
Recent government-mandated transportation plans and public surveys show what
may be surprising evidence to those who have viewed Houston and highways as
synonymous: once well-known road supporters, Houstonians are now more likely
to be public transit proponents. Yet road-dominated transportation plans
show that the products being offered are significantly out of sync with what
Houston's customers would like to see.
The evidence of such a disconnect between public demand and government
supply comes from long-established professional public opinion researchers,
from governmental transportation agencies, and from grassroots citizen
The report is online at http://www.livablehouston.org
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