After nearly 30 years in Houston, I have spend several hours in the well documented Houston traffic. Over the years I have seen Hwy 59 and I-10 expand to 20+ lanes, and expansion of our Toll ways . If you have not purchased an EZ Tag, I would suggest it because West Park Toll Road, Beltway 8, and even Airport Parking can be handled electronically without standing in line.
I nearly always suggest buying or leasing a home near your place of business, but Education, Medical, and other issues could affect that idea. Thousands of Houston residents spend hours in traffic everyday to insure their children are educated in a good school district. There are several sites, as well as applications on your iPhones, iPads, Androids, Blackberrys, and Navigation systems that provide traffic information. I also use Houston Transtar to view what is happening on the Houston roads.