According to a report from the TexPIRG Education fund, people in Texas (and, yes, this does include Houston) are ditching the glut of freeway traffic in favor of public transit and biking in greater numbers, a trend that follows other cities and states across the country. The biggest change, not surprisingly, is in Austin where, according to the report, more than 4 percent of commuters over the last decade have stopped driving a private car to work. Houston has seen a more modest decline in driving by commuters of about a half a percent in the same time period.
Why drive when you can walk...like a bad ass.
This would seem to be in line with numerous reports and studies that have emerged over the last few years supporting the need for more transportation options in big cities. Of course, that is a complicated process in a city the physical size of Houston. We're never going to be a city that has even a substantial percentage of residents commuting via public transportation or, God help them, bike to work because of how spread out the entire region is.More »