Private and public sector cooperation are essential for successful transportation projects and require an organization that can bridge potential divides and lead with a united voice. Advancing mobility improvements is a core value of TAG, today and for the future.
The Motion Map represents the numerous transportation projects planned and necessary for the growing Greater Houston Region
The map illustrates highway projects, toll projects, high-capacity transit projects, high speed rail, freight projects, other mobility considerations and future studies. All projects are in various stages, funded and unfunded.
The Motion Map gathers transportation proposals in one place illustrating the numerous mobility projects requiring funding for the Houston Region. This map is central to TAG’s core mission to secure funding that supports infrastructure for all modes of Transportation designed to improve connectivity and quality of life for our entire community.
TAG is dedicated to building a broad-based coalition of businesses, local governments, and community organizations to demonstrate public support for full and adequate funding of transportation infrastructure by the local, state, and federal governments. Counties represented in the Greater Houston Region include Brazoria County, Chambers County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Harris County, Liberty County, Montgomery County, and Waller County.
The eight-county Houston region has experienced dramatic changes in its population size and composition over the last few decades, and these trends are expected to continue. Where these new residents will live and work, as well as how they will travel in the region depends largely on the transportation system choices available to them.
According to the 2015 US Census, the region had 6.54 million residents and 3.2 million jobs. By 2045 the region is expected to add 4.2 million more people for a total of 10.76 million residents. That represents an increase of roughly 1.5 percent growth annually. Similarly for jobs, the region is expected to create an additional 1.6 million jobs for a total of 4.8 million.
Projects which provide for the design, construction, improvement, or enhancement of a public road, including bridges, culverts, or other appurtenances related to public roads, either on or off the state highway system. The motion map includes:
High-capacity transit refers to a bus or rail vehicle that operates along an exclusive or semi- exclusive route with faster overall travel speeds than if in mixed traffic.
The development, design, construction, finance, and operation of the innovative new high-speed passenger train line that will connect the fourth and fifth largest economies in the country, North Texas and Greater Houston, in less than 90 minutes, with one stop in the Brazos Valley.
Freight projects focus on improving and facilitating transportation of goods that travel via trucks and railroads. These projects might also include grade separations that eliminate the interface of trains and passenger vehicles.
PEL (Planning and Environmental Linkage) is a study process that identifies transportation issues, priorities, and environmental concerns. It can be applied to make planning analyses and decisions that help define and prioritize future projects and clarify their purpose and need, particularly around the environment.
Toll roads charge a fee when the user passes a collection point. Payment in the Houston region is primarily through electronic methods enabling vehicles to enter and exit without stopping the vehicle.
This category includes additional opportunities for travel options, such as bicycle paths and unique infrastructure improvements.
The Greater Houston region is developing a collaborative and programmatic approach called The HART to leverage private and public funding opportunities for railroad projects in the region. The basis for this approach stems from the 2021 Houston-Beaumont Region Freight Study issued by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which provided the initial working list of projects for consideration. The HART operates as a committee of Gulf Coast Rail District and is comprised of the region’s counties, HGAC, TxDOT, the City of Houston, and the Class 1 and other railroads.