Transportation

Toll Road Overcharges: TXDOT Says Call HCTRA; HCTRA Says Call TXDOT

Posted on · TXDOT says call your local toll road authority to dispute overcharges. But the Harris County Toll Road Authority says call TXDOT. A system error caused erroneous fines for EZTag drivers in the Houston area. But there's some confusion on how customers should resolve those overcharges.

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A Fight Over Fonts on Highways Signs — and Why You Should Care

Posted on · Highway signs are carefully regulated. They have to be a certain height and color. Most importantly, of course, they have to be as legible as possible, and that’s why there are standard rules for lettering. Back in 2004, Texas and some other states opted to use a new, independently designed font called Clearview instead of the […]

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Where Does the Trash on Houston Freeways Come From?

Posted on · Back in 2011, Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin reported on the amount of litter showing up on Houston freeways. Part of the reason for the increased number was that it was a particularly hot year, one of the hottest on record and also the reason many parts of Texas are still recovering from a drought. Because […]

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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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TxDOT Floats Ideas for Rerouting I-45 Through Downtown Houston

Posted on · The Texas Department of Transportation last week unveiled some potential options to address traffic congestion along Interstate 45 through downtown Houston, in order to gauge public opinion. Among the potential changes under consideration: rerouting I-45 to the eastern side of downtown, where US 59 runs today. Another idea floated: tearing down the Pierce Elevated and […]

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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 Department of […]

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Wildlife Posing Accident Risks in Greater Houston

Posted on · It’s an inevitable byproduct of suburban sprawl: the farther we spread out geographically into previously undeveloped areas of an ever-expanding Greater Houston region the more we’re likely to come into contact with — and encroach on — the natural environment that’s already there. The opposite is also true: suburban and rural populations will see wildlife […]

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Will the Potential Dallas-Houston Bullet Train Have a Stop Near You?

Posted on · What’s the secret to community buy-in for a high-speed rail project? Location, location, location. Last spring, we spoke with former Harris County judge and Texas Central Railway President Robert Eckels about his company’s effort to construct a privately funded bullet train between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Texas Central Railway first proposed the plan to build the rail […]

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High Speed Rail, Chemo Brain, and Tomato Republic: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Posted on · What’s the secret to community buy-in for a high-speed rail project? Location, location, location. Last spring, we spoke with former Harris County judge and Texas Central Railway President Robert Eckels about his company’s effort to construct a privately funded bullet train between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Texas Central Railway first proposed the plan to build the rail […]