West Texas Growth Prompts Water Supply Concerns
Small desert communities are looking for ways to conserve water as their tourist and resident populations grow.
The Largest U.S. City Lacking Mass Transit
Arlington, Texas has the dubious distinction of being the largest city in the nation with no fixed-route public transit system.
San Antonio Awarded Federal Grant for Bike Lanes
The $16 grant will fund a two-way, separated bike lane in the city’s downtown.
Austin Creates Homeless Strategy Office
The new office is dedicated to consolidating the city’s efforts to house unhoused residents.
Fort Worth Amends Comprehensive Plan to Reduce Industrial Zone
After residents protested the size and location of a proposed industrial growth zone, the city council voted to adopt an amended version of the plan.
El Paso Zoning Changes Could Bring Opportunity—or Displacement
Some residents feared proposed zoning reforms aimed at redressing historic injustices could harm residents in the short term.
Austin Relaunches Open Streets Program
‘Living Streets’ lets residents apply for three types of temporary or semi-permanent street closures.
Houston Adding New Bus Shelters
Metro plans to add 2,000 new shelters at bus stations in the next five years.
Energy Reliability on the Ballot in Texas
Texans will decide on November 7 whether to subsidize electricity generation to strengthen the power grid to prevent blackouts, but only with the construction of new natural gas power plants.
Austin Reveals New Zero Waste Plan
The city aims to eliminate the majority of landfill waste by 2040.
Revitalizing Texas: Sustainable Rail Solutions
An argument for why investing in trains is the key to sustainable growth and economic success in the Lone Star State.
Federal Carbon Reduction Funds Could Finance Highway Projects in Texas
Transit advocates say the state’s carbon reduction strategy reveals a continued preference for car-oriented infrastructure.
Austin Ends Parking Minimums
The city approved changes called for by a May resolution that eliminate parking requirements in all neighborhoods.
Houston Awarded $18.5M for Trail Linking Uptown and Memorial Park
The grant will make the freeway-bounded park more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
Regional Government Reform on the Ballot in Houston
If Proposition B passes, Houston and other populous areas could gain more voting power in the region’s metropolitan planning organization.
A Look at San Antonio’s Upcoming Rapid Bus Line
A new bus line will bring some of the benefits of bus rapid transit, connecting the city’s airport and downtown.
Austin Text Alert System Caters to Unhoused Residents
A new emergency text message alert system will provide information specific to the needs of homeless people during extreme weather events.
Texas Awards $345 Million for Bike and Pedestrian Projects
The investment is six times as much as the Texas Transportation Commission made available in the last call for projects.
Fort Worth Passes Affordable Housing ‘Roadmap’
The new plan recommends strategies such as legalizing ADUs and creating a land bank for affordable housing development.
El Paso Streetcar Marries History, Mobility, and Economic Development
The city’s streetcar line, defunct since 1974, is moving thousands of riders through a newly revitalized downtown.
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