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Tuesday’s Show: Holiday Travel Tips, And Bill Nye The Science Guy (Nov. 26, 2019)

Posted on · On today's Houston Matters: As holiday travelers take to the air and roads, we offer travel tips and a refresher on the right way to drive in Houston. Plus WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg tells his story. And we talk with Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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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 on everything you need […]

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Voter ID, Construction Trends, and Distracted Driving: Thursday’s show (June 2, 2016)

Posted on · Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments last week (May 24, 2016) over a challenge to the state’s voter ID law. Plaintiffs allege the requirement violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, by making it more difficult — specifically for African Americans and Latinos — to cast […]

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Vision Zero and the Yale Green Corridor: Wednesday’s Show (January 27, 2016)

Posted on · On Jan.14, 2016, Houston Tomorrow unveiled its “Vision Zero” plan – proposed steps to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries in Houston. On this edition of Houston Matters, we find out what they want the city to do in order to achieve that goal, as we talk with Jay Blazek Crossley, the […]

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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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Katy Freeway Congestion and Gus Wortham Renovation: Wednesday’s Show (January 20, 2016)

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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Advance Directives and Traffic Light Timing: Tuesday’s Show (January 12, 2016)

Posted on · Back in October, 46 year old Chris Dunn fell ill. He was admitted to a hospital in Pasadena. When a scan revealed a mass on his pancreas, he was transferred to Houston Methodist. Dunn never left that hospital; he was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease and pancreatic cancer. By mid-November, his doctors determined there was nothing […]

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Honking All the Way: How to Survive Houston Holiday Traffic

Posted on · As Houstonians hit the road this week to travel in and out of town, visiting family and friends over holidays, this seems like an excellent time to be reminded of some of the rules of the road on Houston’s highways and byways. It’s an especially good time to freshen up on what to do and what not to […]

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Handling Road Rage in Houston Traffic

Posted on · We’ve probably all had an experience like this in Houston traffic: another driver takes issue with something you’ve done – or they think you’ve done behind the wheel – and they can’t seem to let it go with a just simple honk of the horn. Maybe they pull up alongside you screaming – like what […]

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Immigration, Traffic Congestion, and Migraines: Tuesday’s show (April 21, 2015)

Posted on · Each day on Houston Matters, we seek to examine a variety of issues, ideas, people, places, and events that define Greater Houston. Tuesday’s program will demonstrate that variety, as we explore issues related to the environment, immigration and justice, transportation, health, and history, all in one hour! On this edition of the program, we address […]

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An Inside Look At Houston’s Traffic Control Center

Posted on · Whether we like it or not, traffic is a fact of life here in Houston. Millions of us hit the roads every day to commute to and from work. But for some, traffic is more than just a headache. It’s a 24/7 job. That’s Houston TranStar, a partnership between several agencies that work together to […]

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Ship Channel Collisions: Monday’s Show (March 23, 2015)

Posted on · A year ago Monday (3/23), a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Up to 168,000 gallons of marine fuel oil spilled into the bay, and the Houston Ship Channel was closed for a few days between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Fast forward to two weeks ago – a foggy morning in […]

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Would More Public Transit Even Make a Difference in Houston’s Traffic Problems?

Posted on · The Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s policy research center recently completed its first Texas Transportation Poll. Researchers wanted to understand the attitudes and behaviors of Texans towards transportation. Some results won’t surprise you: three out of four respondents say there’s too much traffic in their neighborhoods. While 90 percent of Texans own or lease a vehicle. And over […]