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Toll revenue recovery at Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) is strong, but admin costs have skyrocketed since 2020.
by Tory Gattis — This piece covers the “freeway fighters”, a growing anti-freeway movement in America which will have many negative ramifications for the economies of metro areas.
Houston transit opponents worry that construction of the University Line will snarl traffic, invite unwelcome development and cripple local businesses.
by Tory Gattis — Houston has the highest purchasing power at the lowest cost-of-living in the world… aka the highest standard of living in the world.
A new book by M. Nolan Gray cites the Houston city model makes a bold case against zoning.
Inflation is causing huge cost increases for all types of infrastructure projects; this week we compare Houston highway vs. transit cost inflation.
The death of Texas high-speed rail looks imminent based on the recent news of the CEO’s departure, but the economics never made sense unless Japan was willing to heavily subsidize the program in order to show off their trains in America (hoping for future sales).
by Tory Gattis — Big increases in housing costs since 2000 have likely eaten most of the wage premium return from getting a college education, reducing the incentive to invest in education.
by Tory Gattis — Wall Street Journal finds that the housing shortage is caused by a combination of zoning and financing rules and supply-chain constraints.
by Tory Gattis — Metro’s Inner Katy BRT plan looks good except for TXDoT’s duplicative plans for vehicle traffic lanes to replace lost access to existing HOV lanes. And, the urban exodus continues.
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