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One Year Later: How is METRO’s Redesign Working for Bus Riders?

Posted on · A little more than a year ago (August 2015), METRO redesigned its bus network. Has it been a success? What are some lessons METRO has learned in the past year? Where are improvements still needed? To answer those questions we talk with Christof Spieler, a METRO board member. (Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) MORE: […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 8, 2016

Posted on · Recently, News 88.7's Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask "why can't Houston be more like" a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit. We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city's planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the […]

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Shooting in Southwest Houston: Monday’s Show (September 26, 2016)

Posted on · At least nine people were injured this morning in southwest Houston, when a shooter opened fire along Law Street near the corner of Weslayan and Bissonnet. Police reported the suspect was shot and killed by officers. The people who were shot were transported to area hospitals. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn the […]

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Galveston County Holds First-Ever Transportation Conference

Posted on · Galveston County held its first ever transportation summit Thursday (Sept. 1, 2016) to discuss how $500 million could be invested to improve transportation infrastructure over the next decade. The U.S. Census Bureau says Galveston County's population grew by close to 11 percent between 2010 and 2015. And while the county is happy to add to […]

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Galveston Transportation and Houston Nicknames: Friday’s Show (September 2, 2016)

Posted on · Galveston County held its first ever transportation summit Thursday (Sept. 1, 2016) to discuss how $500 million could be invested to improve transportation infrastructure over the next decade. News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail Delaughter was there and shares what was discussed on this edition of Houston Matters. (Above: Rep. Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) speaks at the […]

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Third Annual Newcomers Guide to Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 1, 2016)

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our third annual Newcomers Guide to Houston! Whether you're new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in the Bayou City, this is a must listen. We cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown […]

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Metro Hopes to Get New Riders Through its Discounted Student Fare Card

Posted on · As the new school year starts, students all over Houston are riding the bus to class. And in many cases it's not a yellow school bus – but a public Metro bus. News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail Delaughter looks at what Metro's doing to encourage students to ride and why one teen has decided to […]

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Custody Deaths and Affordable Housing: Wednesday’s Show (August 24, 2016)

Posted on · There's a new database documenting the deaths of Texas citizens in two types of situations: deaths as a result of encounters with law enforcement (such as the use of deadly force) and deaths that occur while in law enforcement custody (such as in jail or in prison). The database, called the Texas Justice Initiative, says […]

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Why Can’t Houston Be More Like Other Cities?

Posted on · Recently, News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask “why can’t Houston be more like” a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit. We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city’s planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the […]

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GOP Convention Wrap-Up: Friday’s Show (July 22, 2016)

Posted on · The 2016 Republican National Convention concluded last night (July 21, 2016), with Donald Trump accepting his party's nomination for President. On this edition of Houston Matters, News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider joins us from Cleveland to discuss the Texas GOP delegation’s week. (Above: Texas delegates cast their votes on the floor of […]

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What’s Houston’s Next ‘Moon Shot’?

Posted on · On this date 47 years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon. It was one of Space City's greatest moments — and one of humankind's, as well. But it really began, in earnest, seven years earlier when President John F. Kennedy, in a speech at Rice University, challenged America “to go to […]

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Houston’s Next Moon Shot: Wednesday’s Show (July 20, 2016)

Posted on · On this date 47 years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon. It was one of Space City's greatest moments — and one of humankind's, as well. But it really began, in earnest, seven years earlier when President John F. Kennedy, in a speech at Rice University, challenged America “to go to […]

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Greater Houston Transportation Program Helps Elderly & Disabled

Posted on · Harris County Rides helps provide on-demand transportation for the elderly and disabled. It provided about 75,000 trips in 2015. News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail Delaughter talked about the service with Vernon Chambers, the assistant director of Harris County’s Office of Transit Services.

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How New Sections of the Grand Parkway Are Affecting Residents and Businesses

Posted on · A new section of the Grand Parkway is now open, east from I-45 onto US 59. And that's where Houston Matters host Craig Cohen was last week, driving with a passenger in tow — News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail DeLaughter. They decided to check out the new section of the parkway (technically called Texas State […]

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Houston Libertarians and a Grand Parkway Tour: Thursday’s Show (June 9, 2016)

Posted on · A longstanding mantra kicked around the Bayou City is that what's good for business is good for Houston. Yet Houston also has a history of advancing (some) social issues. These are not mutually exclusive concepts, and perhaps they're not surprising in a community that seems to have its fair share (maybe more) of libertarian (little […]