The High Capacity Transit Task Force was created by the Transportation Policy Council to investigate the need and opportunity for high capacity transit in the Houston-Galveston region. In order to accomplish this, they used the REMI model to identify a transit vision for 2045, identify the costs associated with a range of transit options, identify the economic impacts on the region resulting from these options, and identify a Priority Network for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. A High Scenario, a Medium High Scenario, a Medium Low Scenario, and a Low Scenario were implemented to depict a range of high capacity transit options by cost. For each scenario, the Task Force calculated the economic impacts, which included travel time savings, value of increased safety, increased personal income, increased employment, gross domestic product, and regional output. The REMI model helped researchers discover that, compared to a no build scenario, significant benefits in excess of costs were found for all scenarios investing in additional high capacity transit infrastructure and services.
Houston-Galveston Area Council – High Capacity Transit Task Force for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan [full PDF]