Development of the Houston Transitway System

by John M. Mounce, Texas A&M Univ System, Texas, Transportation Inst, College, Station, TX, USA,
Chuck Fuhs, Texas A&M Univ System, Texas, Transportation Inst, College, Station, TX, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Innovative Strategies to Improve Urban Transportation Performance

Abstract: The degradation of mobility in Houston, Texas has progressed to the critical stage. Future growth and the economic viability of the metropolitan region is in serious jeopardy unless major improvements in the existing urban transportation system are effected. One approach taken through the joint efforts of the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transporation and the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County has been to institute highway-transit priority projects. The first of these, the North Freeway (I-45N) contraflow lane, has proven highly successful from both an operations and public acceptance standpoint. From this has grown a plan for the Houston Transitway System of exclusive, barrier protected facilities for use by authorized high occupancy vehicle (HOV's).

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Highway barriers | Traffic congestion | Public transportation | Urban areas | High occupancy vehicles | North America | Texas | United States | Houston (Texas)

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