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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 […]

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Do Texting and Driving Bans Really Help Reduce Fatalities?

Posted on · After hours of sometimes heated debate Wednesday, the Texas House passed a bill that would ban texting while driving across the state of Texas. The bill allows police to pull over and fine motorists suspected of using a wireless device to read, write or send a text message while driving — unless the vehicle is […]

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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. […]

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Texans on Transportation, and Print vs. Digital Research: Houston Matters for Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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. […]