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Metro plan’s mix of transit, services a nod to differing Houston-area demands

Transit officials have a starting point for $7.5 billion in investments to Houston’s roads, bus systems and rail lines meant to move the region in a new direction — with the stated goal of moving some of those future commuters … Continue reading

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Last ride a fitting end for Bush funeral procession

Locomotive 4141 can pull 1 million pounds across most of America with ease, but its biggest job will be a 70-mile trip Thursday from Spring to College Station to take President George H.W. Bush to his last stop. Bush, who … Continue reading

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Out of Control: In Houston’s traffic carnage, design makes a difference

The tight curves of older freeway intersections such as Loop 610 and Interstate 69 northeast of downtown, for example, force motorists to lean on the brakes to avoid a barrier or railing. In the merge lanes along frontage roads parallel … Continue reading

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Out of Control: Houston’s roads, drivers are nation’s most deadly

“People think for some reason people dying on highways is natural,” said Jay Crossley, who as former executive director of Houston Tomorrow advocated for slower speeds and safer crossings for pedestrians and bicyclists. “It’s not. We remain dangerous because we … Continue reading

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Houston, highway builders have a lot riding on I-45 widening project

Birds flitting in and out of the grass and trees along this strip of marsh pay no heed to the roar from interstates 45 and 10 on the horizon, but to Houston Parks Board officials the sound is an ominous … Continue reading

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Bullet train sparks fight as old as Texas: Progress vs. tradition

William Shelton will not let go of the past, even if it is in the way of someone else’s future. He has spent more than five years rebuilding his family’s ancestral home, board by board, and has no intention of … Continue reading

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Houston population growth fueling expansion of commuter bus options

When Brian Moeller, 37, moved to Houston in 2013 from Denver, following his wife by about six months, the first thing he did was find a job. “We had an apartment in Katy close to her work, my job was … Continue reading

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U.S. 290 construction finally to end (mostly) later this year

Frequent travelers of U.S. 290 know two different eras of the freeway: Before Construction and During Construction. Before miles of construction started in 2011, U.S. 290 was a tied-up mess slowing to a crawl by increased demand. During is six … Continue reading

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City poised to open streets to ‘dockless’ bike sharing 

A rainbow of bicycles likely is coming to Houston sidewalks soon, so long as the yellow, green, orange and gray bikes do not get blacklisted by a skeptical City Council. Houston officials are poised to open the city to at … Continue reading

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Harvey’s lasting legacy – disaster prep

Sporting goods and hardware stores are reporting increased sales and interest in on solar power generation, batteries and water filtration, as many people try to prepare for what they recognize is an eventuality in Houston: Living without aid for a … Continue reading

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