Car crashes in Houston increased 67% from 2011 to 2015, more than 26,000 crashes a year. Traffic delays have increased along with the rise in accidents. The delays have very real costs – 61 hours in delays, $1,490 in lost time, and 29 gallons of wasted fuel per auto per year, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. What’s the solution? The City of Houston has severe financial problems, so new roads, miles of trains, and other budget busters are not a realistic option. Realistic solutions should take advantage of the 80/20 rule to create efficient, budget friendly solutions.
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