Houston Commuting Times

Written by greg on July 27, 2013

It is no secret that Houston’s major thoroughfares are very unforgiving during peak travel time. The explosive growth in the greater Houston area over the last 30 years have left our roadways incapable of handling the increased traffic.

Without an accident, average travel times according to Houston Transtar at 7:30 am are as follows:

I-45 Beltway 8 to downtown – 25 minutes and 30mph

I- 45 Gulf Freeway Beltway 8 to Downtown  29 min. At 29 mph

Add in a car wreck and commuting times can be hours during peak rush hour traffic. Recently, a big rig rolled over shutting down a portion of Interstate 10 for over 24 hours. The delays caused by truck accidents have been subject to much debate but little can be done for the community.

One of the most important items is that Texas transportation issues get addressed by the legislature and funding found to keep up with the growth of the population in major metropolitan areas. Houston, Dallas and San Antonio are in desperate need of improvement on many major highways.

While the Grand Parkway is scheduled to open toward the end of the year, the commuting problems for Interstate 45 and Interstate 59 are probably not going to be significantly reduced by the outer loop.

Many commuters are taking advantage of creative ways and reducing their commuting time by changing their hours to avoid the peak traffic. Additionally, remote offices have become even more critical for productivity when commuting time is large.

Contact your state representative and tell them you want transportation issues addressed in Texas.

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