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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 Highway 99) and […]

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Killing Time in a Houston Traffic Jam

Posted on · Now, we share a quintessential Houston experience: sitting in a traffic jam. En route to do segment about The Grand Parkway, Craig Cohen and News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail Delaughter got caught in a traffic jam. It’s something we’ve all experienced in Greater Houston. But it got Craig and Gail talking about what we Houstonians […]

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The State of Houston Transportation in 2016

Posted on · We continue our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. On this edition, we delve into what is a sort of pastime for Houstonians: complaining about our traffic and the conditions of our roads. We explore the state of transportation in Houston with News 88.7 […]

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A Fight Over Fonts on Highways Signs — and Why You Should Care

Posted on · Highway signs are carefully regulated. They have to be a certain height and color. Most importantly, of course, they have to be as legible as possible, and that’s why there are standard rules for lettering. Back in 2004, Texas and some other states opted to use a new, independently designed font called Clearview instead of the […]

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What Changes Are Ahead for Houston Highways?

Posted on · TxDOT has allocated $1.3 billion to widen/expand several area highways, one of which might affect your daily commute more than the others. Gail Delaugher, News 88.7’s transportation reporter fills us in. (Photo: Derek Stokely, Houston Public Media)

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A New Section of The Grand Parkway Is Now Open To Traffic

Posted on · Another section of an ambitious Houston toll road project is now open to traffic. Drivers this morning (Feb. 8, 2016) are hitting the Grand Parkway between U.S. 290 and I-45. But while commuters are hoping for a quicker route, environmental groups say they still have some major concerns, as Gail Delaughter reports from the News 88.7 […]

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Was Expanding the Katy Freeway Worth It?

Posted on · In 2004, the American Highway Users Alliance labeled the Katy Freeway at 610 as the second worst bottleneck in the nation. Of course, the group had a motive: they were lobbying to increase federal highway spending. But after a $2.5 billion-plus expansion of the Katy Freeway, was it worth the headache and cost? In the […]

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New Bus Routes and New Rail Lines: The Year in Houston Transportation News

Posted on · 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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Former Milwaukee Mayor Offers Outsider’s Look into Houston’s Urban Space

Posted on · John Norquist, the former mayor of Milwaukee, thinks Houston should get rid of the Pierce Elevated. Why should we care what he has to say? Well, he’s an author, a longtime proponent of removing freeways from urban centers, and he’ll speak about just that tonight (Sept. 22, 2015) at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Norquist […]

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What Are Your Rights When it Comes to Tow Trucks?

Posted on · Dealing with a tow truck company can be a nerve-wracking experience, whether you parked in a spot you thought was legal, or because your car is broken down and needs to get to a shop. But just because a tow truck shows up doesn’t mean it’s a foregone conclusion that the operator has the right […]

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Flooded Streets and Highways: Tuesday’s Show (May 26, 2015)

Posted on · Severe weather this weekend, combined with strong sustained thunderstorms overnight, led to widespread flooding across Greater Houston. Officials throughout the day asked Houstonians to stay home until the water recedes. Many schools are closed, and many roads remain impassible. On this edition of Houston Matters, we check in with News 88.7’s transportation reporter Gail Delaughter, who spoke this […]

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The Grand Parkway: Progress Continues on the Loop Outside the Loop…Outside the Loop

Posted on · As you’re probably aware, Greater Houston will soon have a loop outside the loop…outside the loop: The Grand Parkway – 184 miles waaaaaay around the city of Houston. At the moment, 41 of those miles of the Grand Parkway are open, with more construction in the works. The Grand Parkway is designed, in part, to help […]

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The State of Houston Toll Roads

Posted on · Chances are, at some point, you’ve used some of the 132 miles of toll roads operated by the Harris County Toll Road Authority, from the Westpark Tollway, to the Katy managed lanes, the Sam Houston, and now a toll road to Tomball. There’s more either under construction or in the works. We learn more about […]