Houston's job market and local economy are major draws for households from across the country. Unfortunately, those who move to Houston for a job may face some lengthy commute times.Not only are commute times long in Houston due to congestion and other factors, but poor conditions cost drivers in the area thousands of dollars every year for repairs and maintenance, according to a report from transportation research group, TRIP.”Addressing Texas' needs for a safe, efficient and well-maintained transportation system will require a significant boost in investment,” said TRIP executive director Will Wilkins.Luckily, the Texas Department of Transportation is answering the call for better motorways. Specifically, the agency plans to invest an additional $168 million toward improving roadways in and around Houston.Not only is expected to improve conditions, but commute times could be reduced by up to 40 percent. TxDOT executive director called this a huge win for Houston drivers and Texans everywhere.????While Houston housing continues to outperform national averages in terms of prices and sales rates, an improved transportation system could promote additional real estate activity in the near future. ?Real Estate News brought to you by 2M Realty, a true expert in the online real estate market.