Infrastructure

Keeping More People, Goods and Information Moving

Overview

Key to Texas’ strong economic performance has been the state’s robust, diverse multi-modal transportation system. From international airports to 21 seaports to 300,000 miles of roadway, the state’s transportation infrastructure helps bring jobs and opportunities to Texas. This success is reflected in the fact that Texas is the country’s top exporting state.

Congestion hurts productivity, worsens our air and lessens our quality of life. Continued population growth concentrated in urban areas puts more strain on the system. It will require much innovation and significant investments for transportation to remain an economic asset.

Just as products and people need to move through Texas, so does information. Reliable, high-speed data networks will underpin the next generation of innovation in mobility, healthcare, and jobs, yet too many Texans – particularly in rural Texas – lack the broadband access needed to fully participate in these opportunities. 

Facts

  • Texas ranks 38th nationally in broadband adoption.

    A full 35 percent of Texas households do not subscribe to fixed broadband services at the FCC’s basic speed standard (25/3 Mbps), placing Texas 38th in broadband adoption among other states (as of 2017).

  • Texas’ per-capita fatality rate on highways is higher than the national average.

    Texas had 3,722 deaths on highways in 2017.

  • Traffic congestion continues to increase in urban areas.

    Congestion costs across Texas’ urban areas increased by 8% from 2014 – 2017, causing the average urban commuter to spend 54 hours in traffic each year – at an estimated cost of $981 per year.

  • Texas already has the most trucking freight bottlenecks of any state.

    Trucking freight in Texas is projected to nearly double by 2045.

  • Vehicles are the largest source of CO2 emissions in the state.

    Auto emissions, exacerbated by congestion in urban areas, contribute 35% of the state’s CO2 emissions.

  • Almost a third of rural Texans do not have high-speed broadband access.

    Statewide, 2 million Texans do not have access to a high-speed broadband connection.

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