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The Year in Transportation: Monday’s Show (December 21, 2015)

From METRO’s new bus routes, to new light rail lines opening, to the Houston Bike Plan, steps were taken in 2015 to improve transportation in Greater Houston. But getting around town still has its challenges for all Houstonians, whether they drive, take public transportation, use paid ride services, ride bikes or walk. (Never mind the […]

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From METRO’s new bus routes, to new light rail lines opening, to the Houston Bike Plan, steps were taken in 2015 to improve transportation in Greater Houston. But getting around town still has its challenges for all Houstonians, whether they drive, take public transportation, use paid ride services, ride bikes or walk. (Never mind the exploding hoverboards).

On this edition of Houston Matters, we recap some of this past year’s biggest developments in Houston transportation with News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail Delaughter.

Then, we welcome your questions about the rules of the road for Trooper Richard Standifer with the Texas Department of Public Safety, and Senior Police Officer Don Egdorf from the Houston Police Department. With so many of us hitting the road over the holidays, this is your opportunity to get any nagging questions answered about traffic laws in Texas.

Also this hour: According to research co-authored by a UH professor, many of us actually feel guilt when buying a luxury product. Dr. Vanessa Patrick at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business studies consumer psychology. She tells Houston Matters’ Paige Phelps about her research and why some companies put a heavy push on marketing luxury products during the holiday season.

Plus: The Houston Texans won their first-ever game in Indianapolis Sunday, despite losing another quarterback to injury. With the win, the Texans now have the inside track to capture the AFC South. We recap the game with Jeff Balke of Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. We also discuss the Rockets’ week and hear some of Jeff’s thoughts about the year in Houston sports.

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