What Houston Could Learn from Singapore’s Free Flowing Streets

This video, made by congestion pricing wunderkind Lewis Lehe, could help explain how TxDOT could get its finances in order and reduce congestion on Houston streets at the same time. The answer is a smart policy in place in Singapore, a smaller place with a bigger population and much freer flowing streets.

We’ve featured Lehe’s videos before, which present a compelling economic argument for congestion pricing.

  • Anonymous

    Great video. However, it’s missing any discussion of the Certificate of Entitlement – a license to even *own* a car, rather a license merely to drive one. By limiting the number of COEs available at any given time, it provides a cap on the number of cars Singapore can have at all. COEs are also expensive, given its limited quantity – people bid on available COEs and one of the critiques is that it makes it so only very wealthy people can afford to drive, although, it’s true that the transit system there is so robust and convenient that people have a viable alternative. It would be good to see how much money the ERP and COE together pulls in to fund public transit (if it’s possible to see a direct relationship).

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  • alex

    Not a big fan of streetsblog and its anti-car bias, but glad they mentioned singapore,yes in some areas/cities it doesn’t make as much sense to have a car,however they do use taxis a lot.

    However, texas has lots of land and is spread out compared to singapore, I would like a debate between houston strategieis v.s streetsblog pro-car anti-smart growth b. anti-car smart growth.

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