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City of Houston Will Develop a Citywide Bicycling Plan

Posted on · The City of Houston is launching a $500,000 effort to develop a citywide bicycling plan. It’s the first such comprehensive effort since 1994. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss efforts underway to develop the bike plan, its potential benefits for the city and changes Houston’s bicycling community would like to see. We welcome […]

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Bike Plans, Ask the Dentist, and Street Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Posted on · The City of Houston is launching a $500,000 effort to develop a citywide bicycling plan. It's the first such comprehensive effort since 1994. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss efforts underway to develop the bike plan, its potential benefits for the city and changes Houston's bicycling community would like to see. We welcome […]

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2040 Transportation Plan: A Look At Growing Congestion In Houston’s Suburbs

Posted on · The Houston-Galveston Area Council is creating a plan that lays out the area’s transportation needs over the next 25 years. The 2040 RTP (Regional Transportation Plan) lays out the latest update to a continuous planning process that includes the eight central counties of the Houston-Galveston region. We talk with Alan Clark, Director of Transportation Planning […]

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Transportation Through 2040, Technological Singularity, and Rap Tourism: Houston Matters for Friday, December 12, 2014

Posted on · The Houston-Galveston Area Council is creating a plan that lays out the area's transportation needs over the next 25 years. The 2040 RTP (Regional Transportation Plan) lays out the latest update to a continuous planning process that includes the eight central counties of the Houston-Galveston region. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with […]

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Stories of ‘Accidental Houstonians’ and How They Shape Our City

Posted on · Many Houstonians were born here, but there are also many others who grew up someplace else and never really planned on living in Houston, but moved here for a job opportunity, or a life change. They are “accidental Houstonians.” And we explore what has brought some of them here over the years, and how they’ll […]

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Accidental Houstonians, Denton Fracking Ban, and Footloose: Houston Matters for Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Posted on · Many Houstonians were born here, but there are also many others who grew up someplace else and never really planned on living in Houston, but moved here for a job opportunity, or a life change. They are "accidental Houstonians." And we explore what has brought some of them here over the years, and how they’ll […]

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Understanding the Habits of Houston Commuters: H-GAC Urges them to Share the Ride

Posted on · A study shows around 80 percent of Houston commuters are driving by themselves. The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is encouraging drivers to try alternative methods of getting to and from work during their “August Commute Solutions Month.” We talk with Houston Public Media transportation reporter Gail Delaughter about our commuting habits, and which highways are […]

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TEA Commissioner, Commuting Alone, and Asian Migration: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Posted on · For the last two years, Michael Williams has served as the Commissioner of Education, heading up the Texas Education Agency. The TEA oversees public education for more than five million pre-K through high school students in Texas public and charter schools. The TEA also supports the State Board of Education in the development of statewide […]

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How Clean is Houston’s Drinking Water?

Posted on · One weekend just a few weeks back, hundreds of Houston residents complained about the taste and smell of their tap water. The City of Houston said the odor and taste was a result of increased levels of naturally-occurring compounds in untreated surface water supplies. The Public Works Departments said, despite the unappealing taste and odor, […]

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Don’t Mess with Houston: Dealing with the Bayou City’s Litter Problem

Posted on · If you’re relatively new to Texas, you may not be aware that the phrase “Don’t Mess with Texas” was originally a slogan used in ad campaigns in the 1980s to reduce littering on Texas roads. And it worked. In the late ’80s, there was a significant, noticeable decrease in trash on Texas highways. But as […]

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More Houstonians Are Beating Traffic By Working From Home

Posted on · Sometimes the traffic in Houston just makes you want to stay home from work. Some companies are making it easier for employees to do just that by offering the option to telecommute. We learn about telecommuting in Houston and welcome your questions for Veronica Baxter-Lamb, Transportation Program Coordinator for the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Commute Solutions […]

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Sustainable Development in Houston, is it Possible?

Posted on · Houston is growing and changing like few places in the nation. But is it growing in a way that the community can support over the long haul? The Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University is poised to release its 3rd report on Houston Sustainability Performance this week. We learned what this new report has […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 14, 2013

Posted on · Hundreds of thousands of people in and around Houston commute in and out of the downtown area each weekday. Joining commuters are thousands more running errands, dropping kids off at school, going shopping, going to eat. Let’s face it – we’re always going. But never more so than during “drive time.” Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and […]