Transportation

Greanias Delivers “State of Metro” Address

Posted on · With Houston well on its way to becoming the third largest city in the nation, providing sufficient public transportation should be a top priority. That's according to Metro President and CEO George Greanias. But as Wendy Siegle reports, Metro has a lot of past mistakes it has to overcome first.

Transportation

Metro To Make Cutbacks In Light Of Reduced Budget

Posted on · Metro's proposed 2011 budget shows a drastic decrease from its 2010 spending plan. Despite the reduction, officials say fares won't increase and services will remain intact. But as Wendy Siegle reports, in order to operate on a scaled-down budget, the transit agency will have to make some cutbacks.

Transportation

Metro Meetings Go Live On the Web

Posted on · With the damning findings of a federal investigation set to delay Metro's light rail plans for at least a year, now more than ever the transit agency wants to distance itself from the old metro. The new Metro board has vowed to provide greater transparency, and to signify the shift it's now streaming every board meeting live on the web for public consumption. Wendy Siegle has more.

Transportation

METRO Pledges Budget Cuts, Debt Payments

Posted on · METRO officials have slashed the agency's budget and say they'll stop operating on a deficit and start paying for projects with cash. The move comes a week after METRO was slapped with a reprimand from the Federal Transit Administration for its bidding practices on the city's light rail project. Laurie Johnson reports.

Transportation

Grassroots Effort To Keep Walmart Out of The Heights Grows

Posted on · Walmart officials could have more information this week about a plan to build a SuperCenter near the West End neighborhood in the Heights. Residents there have been hard at work organizing against the plans over the past several weeks, an effort that now has thousands of supporters. Jack Williams reports.

Transportation

More Money for a Bus Ticket?

Posted on · It's only been two years since Metro last raised its fares, but two years ago is also when the econony began to take a turn for the worse. Now Metro says another fare increase is a possibility. Bill Stamps has more.

Transportation

Crisis Calls Rise Dramatically

Posted on · Houston's Crisis Center is seeing a startling increase in the number of suicide-related calls this year. The economy and job losses are among the top reasons people say they need help. Laurie Johnson reports.

Transportation

Pounds Fill Up

Posted on · It is a trend happening at animal shelters here and across the country. They're receiving more dogs and cats due to the economy, and pet adoptions aren't keeping up. Pat Hernandez has more.

Transportation

Historic Preservation Gets Some Teeth

Posted on · The city wants public comments on proposed changes to its Historic Preservation Ordinance. The new ordinance would tighten up some restrictions for the kind of development that can be built in historic districts. It would also make it easier for neighborhoods to get a historic designation. Laurie Johnson reports.

Transportation

Big Rig Truck Accidents Increasing in Houston

Posted on · If you're listening to this broadcast from you car as you head home from work, the last thing you want to hear is that there's a major accident on a freeway that affects your commute. And if it seems like that's happening in Houston more and more lately, it's not your imagination. Bill Stamps reports.