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Mention the words “infrastructure in Texas” and what might come to mind are highways and roadways. There is good reason for this; a quick study of a Lone Star State roadway map shows that much of the state centers around Interstate and federal highways between the major cities as well as loops around these cities to avoid congestion.

“Dallas and Houston are the poster children for growth that occurs around roadways and highways,” comments John Sedlak, manager of rail passenger research for the Texas Transportation Institute. “These cities were very much driven by automobile travel as a primary means of transportation.” What followed were what Sedlak calls “broad suburbs” unlimited by geographic constraints.

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