The Houston-Galveston region has a four year plan for major regional transportion spending, the Transportation Improvement Plan (pdf), created by the Houston-Galveston Area Council. According to this document:
Our region is planning to spend $2 billion dollars a year between 2013 and 2016 on roads.
Our region is planning to spend $500 million dollars a year between 2013 and 2016 on transit.
We are fighting to begin to fix this imbalance. The people of Houston have the opportunity to choose to move $210 million a year from the road column to the transit column, by voting against the Metro Referendum.
The Referendum as proposed would divert $2.1 billion of our transit sales taxes between FY2015 and 2025. This would move the Houston region more in the wrong direction.
Since the inception of the general mobility scheme, we have lost $2.7 billion in transit funding, theoretically to help pave streets that see heavy bus use. So, please ask yourself, how’s that working out for you? How are those streets looking now? Our region is blowing extensive public funds on speculative road expansion that will cause us to drive more and leave existing roadways more congested. Not only do we need to rebalance our regional spending to allocate all of our transit taxes to transit, we need to rebalance our road spending to also spend more where the people of Houston already live.