Efforts are underway to improve traffic conditions on US 59 / IH 69 in Houston, rated as one of the state’s most congested roadways. In the newest episode of Mobility NOW, Tim Lomax, a TTI Senior Research Engineer, explains how lower cost strategies can address gridlock problems on that busy highway stretch and others like it, where building more highway lanes isn’t always the best approach.
Options such as quicker incident management, peak-time pricing, and alternative transportation modes, were examined extensively as part of TTI’s Mobility Investment Priorities project. The benefits of those strategies can come in many forms.
“A lot of it comes down to economic competitiveness, but it’s also about quality of life,” Lomax says. “If we give people a lot of options, we’ve suddenly given them more control over their lives.”
Mobility NOW is a production of the Houston-Galveston Area Council.