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Being the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston has traffic issues. The city is very spread out and has a somewhat limited public transporatation system. The vast majority of Houston's residents commute by automobile, and only a small percentage carpool. This leads to rush hour congestion on most of the major freeways. Recent years have seen numerous freeway expansion projects, which have provided some temporary relief, but the construction never seems to keep pace with the city's expansion.

Most major freeways now have High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and there are several commuter rail lines approved for construction in the next few years. Metro has various Park and Ride areas around the city, and some commuters use these locations to pick up carpoolers so the drivers may use the HOV lanes.

Many of Houston's highways and freeways have alternatate names that can be confusing to newcomers. Here is a list of most major Houston roads, and their nicknames:

Offical Name Nickname(s)
Interstate 10 (I-10) - East to Baytown & Beaumont (Baytown) East Freeway, The Beast, Beaumont Freeway
Interstate 10 (I-10) - West to San Antonio Katy Freeway
Interstate 45 (I-45) - North to Dallas North Freeway
Interstate 45 (I-45) - South to Galveston Gulf Freeway
US Highway 59 - North To Texarkana Eastex Freeway, (future: I-69/NAFTA SuperHighway)
US Highway 59 - South to Victoria Southwest Freeway, (future: I-69/NAFTA SuperHighway)
US Highway 290 - NW to Austin Northwest Freeway
SH 288 - South to Freeport South Freeway / Nolan Ryan Expressway (Brazoria Co.)
US Highway 90 East Crosby Parkway
SH 225 Pasadena Freeway, Texas Independence Hwy
SH 249 Tomball Expressway
Interstate 610 Loop 610, The Loop, West/South/North/East Loop
Beltway 8 Sam Houston Tollway/Parkway, West/South/North/East Belt
SH 99 (Katy to Sugar Land) The Grand Parkway
FM 521 Almeda Road
FM 1092 Murphy Road

SH - State Highway, FM - Farm to Market Road

 

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