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Flooded Houston street with half-submerged cars during Hurricane Harvey.

FEMA Resilience Designation Targets At-Risk Areas

Federally identified ‘disaster resilience zones’ could receive more funding and resources to urgently address climate resilience and prepare their neighborhoods for future extreme weather.

September 27, 2023 - Urban Edge

Houston BCycle bike share station full of bikes at University of Houston

From Zero to Two: Houston’s Bike Share Saga Continues

The city is now proposing supporting BCycle as well as launching a new, complementary system.

September 26, 2023 - Axios

Close-up of person checking out bike at Houston BCycle station with red bikes

Houston Could Launch New Bike Share

Metro is considering a contract with a new operator that would focus bike share service on major transit hubs.

September 25, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Red light rail train at outdoor platform in downtown Houston, Texas

Houston Metro Adds Shuttle Buses, Trains for Beyoncé Concert

Transit surges during major concerts and sporting events are becoming a trend, prompting cities to add specialized transit service to handle extra crowds.

September 19, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Close-up of red Houston BCycle bike share bikes parked at a station

Houston To End Bike Share Program

Lacking the funding it needs to continue, Houston’s BCycle bike share system will end operations in the coming months.

September 18, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Wood frame house under construction

Houston Lot Size Reforms Yield Positive Results

New research shows that reducing lot size requirements helped create thousands of new homes.

September 17, 2023 - Pew Trusts

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Houston Cut Chronic Homelessness by 60 Percent; Can It Do More?

Local housing advocates called for a commitment to bring the number of chronically unhoused people to zero.

September 12, 2023 - Urban Edge

Apartment building under construction with other new apartment buildings and taller glass office towers in background in Dallas, Texas

New Research Builds Evidence for Zoning Reform

Cityscape has published a collection of new research building support for zoning reforms as a tool for mitigating the effects of the housing affordability crisis.

August 29, 2023 - Forbes

White metal and glass bus shelter at station with separated bus lane in downtown Houston, Texas

Houston Metro Prototypes Bus Shelter Fans

The agency is working on designs for a bus stop shelter with built-in solar-powered fans to keep waiting riders cool.

August 20, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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Houston Transit Could Lose a Tenth of Sales Tax Revenue

Agency officials say they will continue to make expansion plans in the face of a potentially dramatic reduction in funding.

August 1, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Black plume of smoke rising from petrochemical plant fire in Houston, Texas

EPA Grant Will Fund Air Pollution Tracking in Houston

The city wants to monitor air quality and measure cancer-causing emissions near two petrochemical plants, one of which announced plans for expansion last year.

July 17, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Traffic on freeway in Houston, Texas with downtown buildings in background

Houston’s Equity Score Leaves Room for Improvement

Houston is an international city, with a diverse population and economy. Its equity indicators, however, are relatively average compared to other U.S. cities.

July 12, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

View of Westpark/Lower Uptown transit center in Houston with bus exiting three-story garage vuilding and purple sunset sky in background

Making Space for Buses

In Houston, transit officials are working to balance plans for a new bus rapid transit line with existing street trees and traffic lanes.

July 6, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Flooded park agains the downtown Houston skyline

Houston-Area Flood Insurance Costs Eat Into Region's Affordability

A reorganization of FEMA’s flood insurance program will mean increases in insurance costs for coastal homeowners.

June 14, 2023 - Urban Edge

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Houston’s Future Hinges on Regional Cooperation

A movement to change how the regional planning council operates could give the city of Houston more power in decisionmaking.

May 30, 2023 - Urban Edge

Two-story split lot housing in Houston, Texas with two-car garages

Houston Debates Shared Driveway Requirement

A proposed rule would require developers to build shared driveways for narrow lot projects.

May 22, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Freeway toll booth with "Stop" and "Pay Toll" signs

Houston Tollway Could Get Transit Options

Officials will assess multiple options for increasing capacity on a key route between downtown Houston and southwestern communities.

May 17, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Flooded street and two downed trees with downtown Houston buildings in background

Houston’s ‘Ike Dike’ Won’t Adequately Protect the City

The largest project ever undertaken by the Army Corps of Engineers may not be enough to protect Houston-area communities from flooding during the most severe hurricanes, according to the Corps’ own analysis.

April 27, 2023 - Grist

A map of the METRORapid University Corridor Project, showing the various stops along the proposed line.

25.3-Mile BRT Route Approved for Houston’s University Corridor

The METRORapid University Corridor bus rapid transit route will become the backbone of the Houston Metro system.

April 10, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Silver Houston Silver Line bus at a dedicated bus rapid transit station

Houston Metro Proposes Undergrounding BRT Line

To ease community concerns, the agency is proposing an underpass in lieu of a prior plan that would have elevated a new rapid transit line above a portion of its downtown route.

April 6, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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