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TxDOT at 100: It’s More Than Just ‘the Highway Department’

Posted on · The Texas Department of Transportation (aka TxDOT) is turning 100 this year. The organization is much more than just about highways — although many Texans still refer to it as “the highway department.” To celebrate its centennial, TxDOT has a travelling exhibit that’s making the rounds around the state, including a recent stint in Houston. […]

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Addressing Houston’s Most Dangerous Intersections

Posted on · Driving around Greater Houston can be challenging, due in no small part to our seemingly ever-increasing traffic, and — let’s face it — some less-than-stellar driving habits some of our neighbors exhibit. But in some cases accidents might be — at least in part — about the design of the roads themselves. There are some particularly […]

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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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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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Why Is There Opposition to Road Projects in Montgomery County?

Posted on · In January, Montgomery County’s Commissioners Court approved an update to the county’s thoroughfare plan, a guidepost of sorts for transportation projects, including a proposed extension of Woodlands Parkway to Texas 249. However, a month after commissioners approved the plan, The Woodlands’ governing board unanimously passed a resolution opposing some of the projects. To learn more, Maggie Martin […]

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Are Houston Roads Trying to Kill Us?

Posted on · We have far too many fatalities and accidents on Houston’s roads. Drivers, cyclists, pedestrians – everyone has a stake in any efforts to make our roads safer. Now, what if I told you that even safe passage in your car – that run-of-the-mill everyday drive in Houston traffic, without an accident, without an incident…could be hazardous […]

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What Does it Take to Fix a Pothole — And Why Does Houston Have So Many?

Posted on · Recently, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the official launch of his pothole repair initiative. Potholes reported to 311 are to be “assessed and addressed” by the next business day. We have, on this program, explored the political and judicial battles over street maintenance in Houston. During the campaign for mayor, potholes and street repairs were […]

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What’s Behind the Timing of Houston Traffic Lights?

Posted on · Nearly every time we’ve done a pet peeves segment on Houston Matters we’ve received an email from a listener complaining about the synchronization of traffic lights around Houston — but particularly through downtown. It seemed appropriate then that we’d find out just how those decisions are made and what are some of the things taken […]

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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 […]