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Post-season seats can be obstacle for disabled Astros fans

Gerald Sanchez and his father, Sam, are true Houston sports fans. Not even a stroke that confined Sam to a wheelchair six years ago could sideline their attendance at Astros, Rockets and Texans games. Sam’s wheelchair, however, did keep them … Continue reading

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Agreement first step in bringing a high-speed rail connection between Houston and Dallas

Calling a planned high-speed rail connection to Dallas “an idea whose time has come,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an agreement Thursday with the bullet train’s backers that both sides said is the first of many steps to making the … Continue reading

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Texas ban on texting while driving takes effect Sept. 1

Citing a need to protect Texans, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed a bill banning texting while driving, shortly before calling on lawmakers to set clear statewide standards for all phone use behind the wheel. “It took 10 years, but … Continue reading

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Hyperloop envisions Texans traveling in tubes at 700 mph

Anyone who’s sat long enough in Texas traffic knows it feels like going in circles. So maybe it’s fitting that one day it could be replaced with a loop that could make traveling from Houston to San Antonio, Austin or … Continue reading

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State accelerates start time for major I-45 improvement project 

So the project some only dreamed about is, at least on paper, a reality, pending the allocation of more than $900 million for the reconstruction of two major interstate intersections in the downtown area. Though these first steps are incremental … Continue reading

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Texas legislators trying to put brakes on Houston-to-Dallas bullet train

State lawmakers on Tuesday moved to derail plans for a privately-funded high-speed rail line in Texas, filing nearly two dozen bills to stop the project in its tracks or lessen its effect on landowners should trains roll ahead. The 18 … Continue reading

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Two recent bicyclists’ deaths put spotlight on Metro rail collisions 

Since 2004 when the original 7.5 miles of the Red Line opened, the train has been a source of tension and frustration for drivers. Though many lament the loss of block after block of left turns from Main, others have … Continue reading

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Texas officials drafting wish list for potential infrastructure funding windfall

Steve Costello – Houston’s chief resilience officer, aka “flood czar” – needed less than a second to answer how to spend a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure for America. “I would want about $3 billion for the city of Houston … Continue reading

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Houston, and its global petrochemical hub, remain in the eye of the storm

Experts in hurricane risk and economics said if Ike had hit landfall 30 miles to the southwest of where it did – which would have put it centered on top of the ship channel – damages easily could have exceeded … Continue reading

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Bike events expand, but find uphill battle

“Share the road” might be a mantra for bicyclists, but it’s proving a tough sell in some parts of the Houston area, while being embraced in others. Two local events, a week apart, illustrate the challenge of integrating bike culture … Continue reading

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