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Bullet Train Speeds Up

Houston to Dallas in 90 minutes? Plans for 205-MPH bullet train speed up

By Claire St. Amant

The proposed high-speed train project between Houston and Dallas is about to cross into new territory. The much-discussed transportation option is finally headed for a major review, federal officia ...

Walk At Your Own Risk

Walk at your own risk: Houston is one of nation's most dangerous cities for pedestrians

By Katie Friel

Texans have a lot to boast about, but this is not one of them. According to a recent study the Lone Star State claims four of the top 25 most dangerous cities for pedestrians. The Houston- ...

Dangerous Driving Trends

Teens driving teens leads to fatal car crashes, new study says

By Claire St. Amant

A new study from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute shows teen drivers are about eight times more likely than young adult drivers to have a fatal crash if teen passengers are present. T ...

Parking Benefit District

Could The Wave be the solution for Washington Ave parking problem?

By Whitney Radley

It was a one-two punch of too many mojitos at Benjy's and a broken stiletto on the walk home that led Lauren Barrash to found The Wave, a jitney shuttle that has grown exponentially s ...

CultureMap Video Tour

Texas suburban dad takes on an American-made electric car: Behind the wheel of the Chevy Volt

By Joel Luks

For a commuter city in the Lone Star state that values largesse, and that includes oversized gas guzzlers that fit everything from children to dogs to the kitchen sink, can Chevy convince a typical ...

Sustainable Houston

An electric city of the future: New hybrid, drive-share fleet speeds up Houston's green zoom

By Joel Luks

Charging ahead into an eco-happy future, Mayor Annise Parker is touting a city-owned fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles that just got a tech upgrade — and a green boost. In partnership ...

Riding the rails

Full speed ahead for 205 MPH bullet train between Houston and Dallas? 2020 set as target date

By Whitney Radley

The 250-mile trip between Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth made in 90 minutes or less? Texas Central High-Speed Railway leaders say that it's possible, without public financing and within the next ...

The Plush Bus

No more Austin for you! Megabus cancels one of its $1 routes, changes its pickup location

By Whitney Radley

Oh, how we celebrated the announcement of's Texas routes! Fares to Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and New Orleans starting at $1! Free Wi-Fi and clean restrooms! Double-decks to stretc ...

Hometown Glory

Unstoppable! National Mayors Conference projects Houston will grow faster than any other city

By Whitney Radley

Last week was a busy but triumphant one for Mayor Annise Parker. In a mid-week repartee with comedian-cum-pundit Stephen Colbert, she touted Houston's livability and its robust job market; the ...

Cool Public Transportation

The free downtown trolley finally returns — only it's a Green bus blowing natural gas

By Whitney Radley

A free downtown trolley is a romantic idea and a seemingly practical one, but one that has been found unsustainable. When METRO began charging a 50 cent fare for trolley rides in 2004, the death kn ...

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