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Is Houston Becoming More Friendly for the Car-less?

We posed this question to you last year: is it possible to live in Houston without a car? Some Houstonians would characterize such an idea as pure folly. There’s too much of Houston that isn’t walkable, too much that’s too far away from public transportation to make life in Houston manageable without a car. But […]

We posed this question to you last year: is it possible to live in Houston without a car? Some Houstonians would characterize such an idea as pure folly. There’s too much of Houston that isn’t walkable, too much that’s too far away from public transportation to make life in Houston manageable without a car.

But others use every tool in their arsenal to lead a car-free life here, from public transportation to car-sharing services like Zipcar, and the growth of ride-sharing services like Uber.

Those Houstonians who do live here without a car, in large measure, rely on technology to ease their ability to get around.

We learn just how high tech Houston is — or isn’t — for car-less residents. We talk with Sara Smith, State Director of the Texas Public Interest Research Group about what TexPIRG has learned from a study ranking U.S. cities on the technology available to help car-free residents navigate their city. (NOTE: Houston is not No. 1 on the list, but it’s higher than you think. And another Texas city is No. 1, and it’s exactly who you think).

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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