Entrance sign for Big Bend National Park, West Texas.

West Texas Growth Prompts Water Supply Concerns

Small desert communities are looking for ways to conserve water as their tourist and resident populations grow.

November 28, 2023 - The Daily Yonder

Aerial view of two sports stadiums in Arlington, Texas.

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.

November 27, 2023 - Fort Worth Report

San Antonio, Texas skyline at sunset.

San Antonio Awarded Federal Grant for Bike Lanes

The $16 grant will fund a two-way, separated bike lane in the city’s downtown.

November 26, 2023 - San Antonio Current

Low angle view of Texas state capitol at night from middle of wide street.

Austin Creates Homeless Strategy Office

The new office is dedicated to consolidating the city’s efforts to house unhoused residents.

November 23, 2023 - CBS Austin

Aerial view of freeway and large blue water tower with Fort Worth logo on it in Fort Worth, Texas.

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.

November 20, 2023 - NBC Dallas

Aerial view of El Paso, Texas at dusk with mountains in background.

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.

November 20, 2023 - Next City

View of AUstin Texas skyline from across rover.

Austin Relaunches Open Streets Program

‘Living Streets’ lets residents apply for three types of temporary or semi-permanent street closures.

November 19, 2023 - Austin Towers

Workers in yellow safety vests installing a bus station shelter in Houston, Texas.

Houston Adding New Bus Shelters

Metro plans to add 2,000 new shelters at bus stations in the next five years.

November 12, 2023 - Mass Transit

Electricity towers against sunset sky with green trees in background.

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.

November 8, 2023 - The Washington Post

Three grey trash cans labeled with Compost, Recycle, and Landfill in English and Spanish on a concrete walkway in a park in Austin, Texas.

Austin Reveals New Zero Waste Plan

The city aims to eliminate the majority of landfill waste by 2040.

November 8, 2023 - The Austin Chronicle

Trinity Railway Express train painted with Texas flag at station in Dallas, Texas.

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.

November 8, 2023 - Mustafa Haque

Green road sign with "Welcome to Texas" above Texas flag and "Drive Friendly - the Texas Way" below.

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.

November 7, 2023 - Texas Tribune

View of Congress Avenue with Texas state capitol dome among high-rise buildings in downtown Austin, Texas.

Austin Ends Parking Minimums

The city approved changes called for by a May resolution that eliminate parking requirements in all neighborhoods.

November 6, 2023 - KUT

"Post Oak Boulevard" street sign in downtown Houston, Texas with glass high-rises in background.

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.

November 3, 2023 - Houston.org

Aerial view of green Memorial Park lawns and trees with downtown Houston skyline in background

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.

October 31, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Rendering of bus rapid transit station in center of four-lane street in San Antonio, Texas.

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.

October 31, 2023 - San Antonio Report

View of rainy Sixth Street with grey sky in Austin, Texas

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.

October 31, 2023 - KXAN

One cyclist rides on pedestrian bridge with foggy Austin, Texas skyline in background.

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.

October 30, 2023 - Yahoo News

High view of high-rise buildings in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

Fort Worth Passes Affordable Housing ‘Roadmap’

The new plan recommends strategies such as legalizing ADUs and creating a land bank for affordable housing development.

October 25, 2023 - KERA News

Orange and white streetcar in El Paso, Texas.

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.

October 18, 2023 - Next City

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