Passenger Transportation

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Travel company hopes you're not sick of cruises, banking on local ports

    Just last month a Caribbean Princess cruise had to cut itstrip short. It returned to Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadenaa day early so folks from the Centers for Disease Control could investigate what caused 181 passengers and 11 crew members to get sick, a nast little bug called norovirus.&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Southwest vs. United: The Tale of the Texas Tape

    This week brings another chapter in the titanic showdown between Southwest Airlines, who wants to fly international flights out of Hobby, and United Airlines, the company that flies international flights out of Bush. United knows that allowing international flights out of Hobby would be a very, ver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Comment of the Day: United, Southwest & Loyalty

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    The A380 Superjumbo Jet Coming to Houston

    Upstairs, downstairs.​The double-decker Airbus A380, the largest commercial jet in the world, will begin making regular landings in Houston next year. Bush Intercontinental will be the first Texas airport, and only the fourth in the U.S., to have flights from the massive jet that began regula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Bayport Cruise Terminal: Still Empty and Unused, Except for Wayne Dolcefino

    We noted last month the interesting sidelight to the big Disney announcement that they'd be sailing a cruise ship out of Galveston -- that sidelight being that Disney was flipping the bird to the Port of Houston's boondoggle of a cruise terminal. KTRK's ever-intrepid Wayne Dolcefino has now taken a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Amtrak's Terrible Sunset Limited May Become A Daily

    Improvements on the way?​Amtrak has a new plan out on how to improve service on the Sunset Limited, the long-distance passenger train that comes through Houston on its way between Los Angeles and New Orleans. Any plan would likely improve service, since the Limited is notorious for long, long ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Bullet Train Between Dallas And Houston: It's Coming (Maybe)

    How about a Lone Star flag on the front of that thing?​Houston business leaders got briefed yesterday by a Japanese company looking to build a bullet train between Dallas and Houston, with mostly private funds.It's part of a U.S. offense by the Central Japan Railway, which, according to media repo ... More >>

  • News

    May 27, 2010

    Train Wreck

    How Metro and its president Frank Wilson got so far off track.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Southwest To Make Guinea Pigs Out Of Passengers, All In The Name Of The Environment

    ​We've heard of test pilots, but Southwest Airlines is offering the chance to be a test passenger.The airline is introducing a new "Green Plane," one where the materials used on a lot of things are lighter, resulting in a plane that uses less fuel to fly.If it works.One aircraft will be outfitted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Commuter Rail From Galveston And Hempstead By 2012!! Well, Maybe

    ​The Citizens Transportation Coalition is currently giddy with dreams of 90 MPH commuter trains speeding from Galveston and down 290 into the city...possibly by 2012, which sounds like the far future but is only three years away. There hasn't been much public movement on commuter rail since the HG ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Metro Still Has To Prove To The Feds It's Not Screwing Low-Income Riders

    Photo by pfrench99​The Federal Transit Administration released its final report on Metro's compliance -- and non-compliance -- with federal civil rights laws, and according to the report, Metro is still deficient in two areas, including not being able to prove that its November 2008 fare increase ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Southwest Airlines Offering Some Really Cheap Seats

    Photo by ACommentSouthwest Airlines has created a huge amount of buzz among low-fare junkies this morning with the announcement of a two-day sale where all tickets cost either $30, $60 or $90 one-way.As the Dallas Morning News' aviation blog puts it: Southwest calls it "one of the biggest fare sales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Erin Andrews: Playboy's Sexiest Sportscaster

    Photo by speedye The competition has ended, and just like the Philadelphia Phillies putting down the upstart Tampa Bay Rays in last year's World Series, ESPN Erin Andrews' dominated her competition once again to repeat as's Sexiest Sportscaster. attempted to toughen things u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Erin Andrews: Playboy's Sexiest Sportscaster

    Photo by speedye The competition has ended, and just like the Philadelphia Phillies putting down the upstart Tampa Bay Rays in last year's World Series, ESPN Erin Andrews' dominated her competition once again to repeat as's Sexiest Sportscaster. attempted to toughen things u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    High-Speed Rail Coming To Texas, Once Again

    Last week, the Houston Business Journal reported that high speed rail  is coming to Houston. At a speech at New York's Penn Station, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced that her office will soon begin "accepting expressions of interest to finance, design, build, op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Tough Month To Be A Houston Flier

    October was really a tough month to be an air passenger in Houston.The federal Bureau of Transportation has released its latest survey of flight delays, and Houston plays a prominent role in it.The third-worst airline when it came to on-time arrivals was our very own Continental. Almost 19 percent o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    An Ike Miracle: Bayport Cruise Terminal To Actually Be Used

    And they said it would never happen. The brand-new $81 million cruise terminal at the Port of Houston's Bayport terminal is finished and has been able to handle ships for a while now. Not so's you'd notice, because no cruise companies have signed up to use it, as the Houston Chronicle reported. Bu ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 7, 2008

    Flying Objects: "Jac Leirner" at Gallery Sonja Roesch

    Jac Leirner transforms daily life's debris into art

  • Music

    March 29, 2007

    Paradise by the Dashboard Light/Houston Music

    Racket again ventures downtown in search of musical serendipity

  • News

    November 30, 2006
  • News

    April 13, 2006
  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • News

    July 22, 2004

    The Mixmaster

    County Judge Bob Eckels, the Doc Ock of transportation, is busy planning more roads

  • News

    April 29, 2004

    Perfect Fit

    Metro's new president already has a Houston attitude

  • News

    January 1, 2004

    Crash Course

    A stuntman is mightily impressed by Houston's rail crashes

  • News

    December 11, 2003

    Bile on the Isle

    The wild fight between an entrepreneur and the Galveston port for loot from cruise-ship lots

  • News

    November 6, 2003
  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Bad Blood on the Tracks

    Metro's consulting becomes insulting for some Hispanic leaders

  • News

    September 11, 2003


    Here's how Metro wants to sell us on light rail

  • News

    May 1, 2003

    The Train Ride Gets Bumpy

    Metro's coalition shows some early cracks

  • News

    October 11, 2001

    Great Expectations

    Joe's Sandwich Shop is just one of the businesses along Main Street struggling to survive until Metro gets its light rail line up and operating.

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    Air Sic

    In cargo holds or plane cabins, critters are taking more than flights of fancy

  • Dining

    April 19, 2001
  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Patio

    The Terrace on Main, Warwick Hotel

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    Trial Story

    The Hearst Corporation

  • News

    February 24, 2000


    From the February 24, 2000 issue

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    Train In Vain?

    Main street's light rail is on it's way, and boosters hope to see passengers lining up for a ride

  • News

    December 9, 1999

    The Katy: Railing On

    Fears of a future light train trouble Katy Freeway expansion critics

  • News

    October 14, 1999
  • News

    July 8, 1999

    Dog Bites Train

    The Main Train and selling pets to labs have nothing in common. Until it comes to referenda, that is.

  • News

    February 4, 1999
  • News

    September 10, 1998
  • News

    July 2, 1998

    The Great Non-Communicator

    Houston's new mayor is working as hard as, or harder than, his predecessors. Now if only he could find a way to tell people about it.

  • News

    November 27, 1997

    East End Transit

    Why have bus lines to Mexico bloomed all across the East End? Maybe because it's a family affair.

  • News

    October 2, 1997

    Why Don't They Want This Man to Be Mayor?

    George Greanias is smart. He's honest. He's independent. But Bob Lanier and his friends are pulling out the stops to see that Greanias doesn't return to City Hall.

  • News

    May 1, 1997

    Cotswold Unspun

    A group of weathy benefactors have a "gift" for the city. They say it won't cost taxpayers a nickel. But the fleecing may have already begun.

  • News

    June 8, 1995

    The Rule of Men, Not Law

    Who gave Lanier & Co. permission to loot Metro? They did.

  • News

    February 2, 1995

    Jitney Jihad

    Yellow Cab goes to war to keep jitneys off Houston streets

  • News

    October 20, 1994

    Little Big Crony

    Bob Lanier's buddy Billy Burge wants to play the power game the way it was played in the old days. . . . . . But the rules have changed.

  • News

    February 3, 1994

    Just Don't Breathe It

    What Houstonians can -- and probably won't -- do to clean up the air they drive through

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