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Bond Voyage! Houston Faces $3.5B Transit Decision

Voters in Houston can upgrade their transit system without a tax increase in a new $3.5 billion ballot measure this fall. Houston has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to modernize its transit system this fall — and the city hopes to learn from Nashville’s mistakes. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County signed off last week on [...]

2019-08-26T19:53:36+00:00August 26th, 2019|

Houston area voters will have $3.5 billion decision about future of transit on November ballot

The future of the Houston area’s transit system now lies in the hands of voters. Metropolitan Transit Authority board members voted Tuesday to ask voters in November for permission to borrow up to $3.5 billion, without raising taxes. The money would cover the first phase of what local leaders expect to be the start [...]

2019-08-14T16:40:01+00:00August 14th, 2019|

Full Show: Houston Reacts To Mass Shootings, And The Lingering Health Effects Of Extreme Weather (Aug. 5, 2019)

On Monday’s Houston Matters: We discuss how Greater Houston has responded to weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. We learn how extreme weather affects our bodies long after it’s over. We examine concerns over the 1-45 redevelopment project. And Jeff Balke updates us Houston sports. [Read more.] Houston Matters Abner Fletcher | [...]

2019-08-08T20:51:09+00:00August 8th, 2019|

Houston’s $7 billion solution to gridlock is more highways

A “Texas-sized” expansion of highways finds the sprawling city laying out a blueprint for more cars Like many American cities, Houston is encircled by rings of highways—nine major radial freeways, three ring freeways, and a 180-mile fourth outer ring on the way. But Houston isn’t just encircled by roads, it’s symbolically, and literally, being choked [...]

2019-08-08T20:44:09+00:00August 8th, 2019|

Community Organizers Decry TxDOT’s I-45 Expansion Plan, Call for Delay in Local Approval

As TxDOT’s plan to revamp I-45 moves forward, some concerned citizens are pushing back. JUST OUTSIDE THE GATES of Bruce Elementary school in the Fifth Ward, over 30 community organizers, activists, and concerned citizens gathered Tuesday morning to call for delaying the approval of the proposed expansion and overhaul of I-45. Advocates for the I-45 expansion [...]

2019-07-25T15:26:13+00:00July 25th, 2019|

Families, businesses hope to temporarily block major I-45 expansion plan

HOUSTON, Texas — A major reworking of multiple Houston freeways is moving forward. But some hope for a temporary roadblock. Several groups sent a singular message July 23 during a joint news conference. They're trying to persuade the Houston-Galveston Area Council to vote against local matching funds during a meeting later this week. [Read [...]

2019-07-25T15:33:46+00:00July 25th, 2019|

I-45 freeway expansion will force people out of homes, group says

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A plan to remake I-45 is being protested by some community leaders on the north side of Houston who claim the project will force thousands of low-income residents out of their homes. The North Houston Highway Improvement Project calls for I-45 to be lifted from its current route to follow [...]

2019-07-24T15:53:42+00:00July 24th, 2019|

Advocates call for delay in vote on major I-45 expansion plans

HOUSTON - Community advocates called for a delay Tuesday in the planned vote aimed at funding an expansion plan for Interstate 45 in Houston. The vote by the Houston-Galveston Area Council planned for Friday would address a request by the Texas Department of Transportation for a $100 million down payment to rebuild the portion of [...]

2019-07-24T15:47:55+00:00July 24th, 2019|

Activists Want To Delay Funding Vote On I-45 Expansion

Activists Want To Delay Funding Vote On I-45 Expansion The proposed $7 billion I-45 widening project would extend from downtown Houston to Beltway 8 North. TxDOT says the work is needed to support the region’s growing population, but many people along the route are worried about losing their homes and businesses because of the expansion. TxDOT is now [...]

2019-07-24T15:40:05+00:00July 24th, 2019|