Only 34 projects (3%) would be slated for rail, and that equals 1% of total cost but freight rail impacts 17% of employment (Texas Freight Mobility Plan pie chart)
Dug Begley - Houston Chronicle - September 24, 2015
Texas has thousands of trucks on its freeways and thousands of freight industry jobs, creating serious challenges related to the movement of goods around the state, according to a report presented Thursday to the Texas Transportation Commission.
The Texas Freight Mobility Plan, written by a task force led by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, lays out the enormous challenge of carting things through Texas, whether by truck, railroad car or barge. More people in Texas means more cars and trucks on area streets and highways, and more goods coming in by rail. Mix that with the general increase in traffic and it’s a recipe for slowing everyone down.