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  1. Because a lot of money goes to other things. According to Texas Transparency, in 2016 Texas spent $16 billion on "Public Assistance payments", $14 billion on "Intergovernmental payments", $6 billion on government employees (salaries and benefits), and $2 billion on highway construction. Only $0.4 million was spend on repairs and maintenance, though that could be for buildings not roads. https://www.comptroller.texas.gov/transparency/spending/visualizations.php If you change the view to agencies, Health and Human services tops out at $40 billion, while TxDot is only $10 billion So that's where the state's money is going. And $10 billion is a lot of money, but that is spread out over the whole state and is not just new construction but also maintence of roads. http://www.harriscountytx.gov/CmpDocuments/66/CAFR_Reports/Harris County CAFR FY15.pdf According to the Harris County report for fiscal year 2014 (first one from Google): They got $3 billion in revenue, and spent $2.8 billion. Roads & bridges were $350 million, and "Toll Road" was $591 million. It is unclear whether that is the amount they spent to maintain the toll roads, or that is indicating HCTRA is operating at a loss and that is how much Harris county is subsidizing it with taxpayer money. There's a lot more in the report, including some pretty graphs. One last thing that might indicate toll road profit/loss would be on page 22 there's a graph of program revenues & expenditures. Roads and bridges had revenue of $159 million and expenses of $350 million.
  2. Next year or in 2030 for the next Superbowl in Houston?
  3. On the bright side, it's no longer a hole in the ground
  4. They haven't built the green wall yet, or if they have it's hiding Source: went grocery shopping saturday
  5. The free lanes aren't going away; they are adding additional capacity and tolling it to pay for it and control congestion in it. How well those two will work will remain to be seen. 288 was always designed for something like this in mind (at least inside 610) - with local lanes serving the area and express lanes going to downtown Here's an example from Toronto.
  6. I understand why they don't do it, but it would be nice to have signs up that say why there's roadwork
  7. It might be in prep for the I45 I610 project http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/ih45-ih610.html
  8. It looks like work on curbs and sidewalks. No completion date though.
  9. I believe he is saying HOT hours for the Katy Tollway are whenever it doesn't have the HOV lane ability. It's confusing because that's not how the system works - the center reversible lanes that are run by Metro are called HOV/HOT lanes. They have HOV only hours, and then they have hours that allow single person vehicles to share the lane with the HOV vehicles. The Katy tollway is a tollway, not an HOV lane. At peak travel hours, HOV vehicles (carpools, motorcycles, etc) can travel for free, but at all other times tolls apply to everyone. To get back on to the subject of toll roads in general, there's 2 arguments that can be used for tolling a road: - To pay for the road or other roads in the same system. An example of this would be the super busy BW 8 on the westside subsidizing the Hardy tollroad - To reduce congestion by increasing the price. This takes a more market based approach - when there is a fixed supply (road capacity) and demand goes up (people wanting to drive) then the price goes up (the tolls). That use of the tolls seems to be mainly on the HOT lanes - it can cost $7 sometimes to take the southwest freeway HOT lane during rush hour Arguments toll roads? I have at least one - Tolls reduce access for lower income people, and are considered a regressive tax by some
  10. I also would like to mention that "HOT" stands for "High Occupancy Toll". Since outside of peak hours, the Katy tollway doesn't recognize high occupancy vehicles in the first place, its is confusing to call those "HOT" times.
  11. *face palm* I knew I should have also posted the FAQ for 290 managed lanes as well. It is an ordinary HOV lane that you can sometimes pay to use if you aren't HOV. So you are correct that motorcycles can use it all times. I thought we were arguing about the Katy toll lanes.
  12. https://www.hctra.org/KatyManagedLanes That said, there are 5 free lanes next to the two 2 tolled managed lanes. The best way to think about it is the Katy Managed lanes are a tollroad that waives the tolls to high occupancy vehicles during peak travel hours. US-290 has an HOV lane that during certain times of the day allows you to pay a toll to use as a single occupancy vehicle.
  13. They are having a small plaza with a restruant or two around it on the McGowen side "R. 4000 SF Event lawn" "S. 6000 SF Tree Grove and Plaza" So yeah there is room for another park on that side
  14. From the blurb, it sounds like it's never been to LA. I find that suprising
  15. Yeah I think it is. Still a nice picture though