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A Closer Look at Allen Parkway’s $11 Million Makeover

Posted on · Ever had a hard time getting across Allen Parkway west of downtown to use the running/bike trails? Ever had trouble finding parking just to get there in the first place? Well, some changes are on the way that could help. We discuss a major redesign and street improvement project underway along Allen Parkway. We welcome […]

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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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How is the City of Houston Making Biking and Walking Safer?

Posted on · Over the past couple of days, we've talked with advocates for cyclists and pedestrians about ongoing concerns over accidents and fatalities involving Houstonians walking or riding bikes around town, and a general feeling that Houston is still not a particularly easy place to get around on foot or on a bicycle. Jay Blazek Crossley, a […]

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Houstonians Hate The City’s Bad Roads, But Pay For Improving Them?

Posted on · This week, we've been delving deeper into some of the specific issues and challenges addressed in the recent News 88.7/KHOU 11 voter poll. Houston voters cited two issues as the most important problems the city faces, but as Florian Martin reports, most voters are unwilling to put up the money to fix them.  

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How Far Do Your Tax Dollars Go Toward Road Funding?

Posted on · Your gas tax dollars and vehicle registration fees are supposed to cover the cost of building and maintaining our road system here in Texas, but a public interest group out of Austin says that's not the case. A new report from the Texas Public Interest Research Group says drivers actually pay for less than half […]

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Funding Roads, Insects, and Hacking: Thursday’s Show (May 14, 2015)

Posted on · Your gas tax dollars and vehicle registration fees are supposed to cover the cost of building and maintaining our road system here in Texas, but a public interest group out of Austin says that's not the case. A new report from the Texas Public Interest Research Group says drivers actually pay for less than half […]

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Why Does Houston Traffic Keep Getting More Congested?

Posted on · It might come as no surprise to Houston drivers to learn congestion in the area has increased. That's according to a recent report from GPS developer TomTom, which says Houston ranks 12th in the country when it comes to traffic. We discuss why traffic in Houston is getting worse — and what plans the Texas […]

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The State of Houston Transportation and Houston’s Best Tex-Mex: Wednesday’s Show (April 15, 2015)

Posted on · On today’s Houston Matters, we continue our week-long series exploring "The State of Houston" with a conversation about transportation in Greater Houston. We talk with News 88.7 Transportation Reporter Gail Delaughter about transportation issues that affect Houstonians and the region — everything from public transit, to highway construction to traffic congestion. Then: in the latest […]

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Councilman Costello Discusses New Role and Houston’s Transportation Needs

Posted on · Stephen Costello is an at-large member of the Houston City Council. He's also expected to make fully official his run for mayor later this month. And he's just recently been elected to chair a Houston-Galveston Area Council group tasked with developing and approving transportation plans for the H-GAC's eight county region. In those capacities, and […]

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Should Texas Create a Rainy Day Fund for Road Repairs?

Posted on · Much of the focus of next month’s election has been, naturally, on candidates for major offices in Houston and across Texas, including a local race for District Attorney, and statewide elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. There’s also a proposition to voters on the ballot. HJR 1, if approved, would allocate half of the general […]

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How Are Road Projects in Houston Paid For?

Posted on · We talk with Houston Public Media's Gail Delaughter about how all types of road projects across Texas are funded, from how federal transportation funding finds its way to Texas, to how the city of Houston funds its ReBuild Houston program, and to how a city council move last week allows Council members to earmark ReBuild […]