The Houston-Galveston Area Council unveiled $18.77 billion in roadway and public transportation projects across the Houston region April 3 as part of its new 2025-28 Transportation Improvement Plan.

The breakdown

The Transportation Improvement Plan is a four-year outline for transportation projects that have been approved for federal and state funding, and are expected to begin construction within the four-year time period. The TIP is created by H-GAC's Transportation Policy Council, which is composed of representatives from each county as well as the Texas Department of Transportation.

The last TIP plan was compiled in 2022 and covered the time period from 2023-26, according to H-GAC materials.

“This serves as the implementation device for the long range transportation plan,” said Adam Beckom, head area planner for the H-GAC, during the April 3 presentation. “As federal funds come into the region and are allocated to the region, the [Transportation Policy Council] selects projects, and our project list must be constrained to the federal funds available.”

The projects

The four-year plan includes a large number of roadway improvements to major freeways as well as local thoroughfares. Several major projects receiving funding as part of the 2025-28 plan include:

North Houston Highway Improvement Program: $3.16 billion
  • A reconstruction of I-45 N. from downtown Houston to Beltway 8
  • Rerouting I-45 through downtown Houston
  • Improvements to I-10 and I-69
New rapid transit and bus routes: $1.57 billion
  • Construction of new Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County bus route from Westchase Park and Ride to Tidwell Transit Center
Grand Parkway: $798.97 million
  • Full construction of Segment B in Galveston County
  • Widening of Segment E from four to six lanes in Harris County
I-10 east and west reconstruction: $250 million
  • Reconstruct and widen I-10 E. at the San Jacinto Bridge
  • Reconstruction of I-10 West main lanes and high-occupancy vehicle lanes
The majority of funding for the projects in the TIP comes from TxDOT and federal grants. Beckom also said the H-GAC has $32.2 million in contingency funds which can be used by local entities to provide a match for funding or cover additional costs as needed.

What happens next?

H-GAC will accept public comment regarding the proposed list of projects for the 2025-28 TIP through April 24. Public comments can be submitted online through the H-GAC comment portal. Once the public comment period is over, Beckom said the project list will be finalized and funding allocated in May based on any changes made.

The public comment period is also open to local governmental agencies and counties for additional input regarding the final project list. To view all projects on the 2025-28 TIP list, view the interactive map here.