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Major transportation planning and funding decisions in the Houston region are made by the Houston - Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council, currently composed of 23 white males, 2 African American males, 1 Indian American male, 1 white female, and 1 hispanic female, according to an upcoming study by Houston Tomorrow. All five officers of the TPC are white males.

Those decisions are a major determinant of the future health and prosperity of the people of the Houston region, who are all minorities now, and slightly more than half of whom are female. Men believe we should spend more of our transportation budget on new roads than women on average, according to an H-GAC survey.

These and other findings were presented by Houston Tomorrow’s Jay Blazek Crossley on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Houston Tomorrow’s Livable Houston Initiative, hosted by H-GAC.

The final report and a webinar are planned for early May.

Previous factoids of the week:

March 25, 2014 - Every other day, someone dies in the City of Houston in a traffic fatality, on average.

March 19, 2014 - On average a resident of Montrose drives 12,807 miles a year. On average a resident of the Grand Parkway drives 21,875 miles a year.

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