September 22, 2017 – –

When asked about their daily commute to work, residents of some of Texas’ largest cities may offer a groan in response. But solutions to Texas’ traffic problems – a lack of reliable mass transit, and increasingly congested roadways – may require a change in the way Texans think about transportation.

State Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin), a member of the House Transportations Committee and a member of the Texas Tribune Festival’s “Tyranny of the Commute” panel, says that discussions of transportation solutions like mass transit have been avoided for too long. She says that advances in transportation have not kept up with the rates at which people have moved further from the urban cores of Texas’ expanding cities.

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