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Will Houston Be a Test Market for Driverless Cars?

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation named Texas as one of ten regions where the agency will test automated vehicle technology. The federal agency says the state’s booming population and economy make it an ideal test site for automated and connected vehicle technology. We discuss this initiative, the latest research and testing of driverless cars, […]

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Texas’ Role in Developing Automated Vehicles: Thursday’s Show (February 2, 2017)

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation named Texas as one of ten regions where the agency will test automated vehicle technology. The federal agency says the state’s booming population and economy make it an ideal test site for automated and connected vehicle technology. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss this initiative, the latest […]

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Improving the Often-Excruciating Last Mile of Your Commute

Posted on · You might’ve heard the term “the last mile” in different contexts. In the transportation planning world, it refers to that beginning or ending connection a commuter has to make to get to their destination. Whether that’s starting up your car for home after exiting the Park and Ride station or hoping off your bike to […]

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Escaping Cuba, and the Last Mile of Your Commute: Monday’s Show (November, 28 2016)

Posted on · With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we thought we’d take time on this edition of Houston Matters to tell the story of a Houstonian whose life was directly affected by Castro’s rise to power. As a teenager, Lorenzo Martinez was evacuated in secret from Cuba in the 1960s. What Martinez didn’t know – he […]

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The Dangers of Driving at Night in Houston

Posted on · A few weeks ago (Feb. 13, 2016), five separate traffic fatalities occurred in Greater Houston in one night. One driver was speeding and lost control of his car. A pedestrian tried to cross FM 1960 and was struck by two different cars. Another motorist trying to get around an 18-wheeler struck the truck, then a retaining […]

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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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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 […]