Passenger Transportation

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    New Mustachioed Taxis Under Legal Pressure Pending City Hall Vote

    Alternative West Coast taxi companies Lyft and Uber have finally deployed in Houston with the reputation of establishing dozens of successful operations throughout the country -- and warding off ample legal protest from local cabbies. Houston City Council members will weigh criticism from traditio ... More >>

  • News

    November 7, 2013

    Bigot-Baiting Billboard

    Company proud of effort that will hit Houston soon.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    One Minute Late to Check-In, Frontier Airlines Passenger Kept Off Flight

    Forty-four minutes early was one minute too late for Michael Monroe Brown Tuesday when he tried to fly the low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines back to Indianapolis from a business trip to Houston Tuesday. The 22-year-old budding entrepreneur and recent Indiana University business major graduate, sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Uber Attempting to Bring On-Demand Car Service (and Ice Cream) to Houston

    When trying to find rates on car services to go to and from a hotel for a wedding recently, I learned something: having a car service is not dramatically more expensive than a taxi. The problem is that getting a service is not nearly as easy hailing a cab. Uber, an app for iPhone and Android, means ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    United's 787s Make a Comeback After Grounding

    After a four-month grounding, United Airlines' Dreamliner 787s return to the air. These aircraft are supposed to be Boeing's salute to energy-efficient travel. According to Boeing's Web site, this midsize airplane can carry between 210 and 290 passengers over a distance of up to 8,500 nautical miles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Free Cabs at HPMA Showcase Sunday!

    Rocks Off wants you see as much as Sunday's HPMA showcase as possible, so we have teamed up with our presenting sponsor Yellow Cab to offer free cab rides between the 11 showcase venues. Here's how it works. First you'll need to download the Hail a Cab app for your iPhone. Get it right here. (Sorry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    City CM Helena Brown Never Visited Any South Korean Airlines On Publicly-Funded Trip To Asia

    Houston City Council Member Helena Brown issued a press release Wednesday touting her recent trip to Asia, which she funded with $11,000 in public money, as a "successful business trip" -- but it's become clear her journey to Asia was anything but, and, in fact, completely different than the city's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    United vs. Southwest Deathcage Match: Your Campaign Donations Scorecard

    Houston City Council is currently in an uproar over Mayor Annise Parker's tentative proposal to allow Southwest to have international flights out of Hobby Airport. Councilmembers have said the proposal is rushed and would harm United Airlines, which, of course, merged with Continental and flies int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    "All Fags Will Burn In Hell": Your Lovely Yellow Cab Greeting?

    Homophobia with your video entertainment​Nathan Joel Kasselder and a couple of friends were in F Bar in Montrose last night when they needed a cab, so they called Yellow Cab. The cab came equipped with three video monitors for passengers, all of which were playing a reggae music video. The v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Disney Cruises Coming to Galveston (Instead of Bayport)

    M-I-C -- See you real soon....​Good news if you're the type of person who enjoys a Disney cruise, and may God have mercy on your tortured soul if you do: Galveston is one of the new ports of call. Disney announced today that beginning in September 2012, a dozen seven-night cruises each year w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Some Good Metro News: Light Rail Will Be Working This Weekend!

    Metro's light rail will actually be working this weekend​Hey, here's some good news for a change from Metro: the light rail system will be working this weekend! Hey, you take your good news any way you can these days. All of you saying, "Shouldn't a light rail system be designed to work on a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    January Weekends: Don't Expect Much Light Rail

    Construction for the ages​How long does it take to build a freaking pedestrian bridge across Fannin? Long enough that -- on the heels of Metro having to suspend light rail service on some December weekends to accommodate construction -- they'll be doing the same for most of January, the agenc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Guy Robs Bank, Gets Away In Taxi -- In Houston(!)

    Photo courtesy FBITaxi!!​We've had bicycling bank robbers, banks robbers who waddled away, and now we've got a cool customer who takes a taxi.In Houston, where taxis are way down the list of transportation options, that's a nice twist.The perpetrator, described as "white male, 35-40, approximately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Annise Parker Says Fear Not Tthe Continental/United Merger

    Continental -- just a memory now​Houston's Continental Airlines is seemingly about to be taken over by the Yankee corporation of United Airlines in a $3 billion merger than will create the world's largest airline.That airline will not be named Continental.Bad news for Houston? Not necessarily so, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Frank Wilson Survival Watch, Day 4: The County Judge Doesn't Weigh In

    ​How long will the embattled Metro president last? Hair Balls presents today's installment of the Frank Wilson Survival Watch. 1. Ed Emmett won't muddy the Frank Wilson waters. Yet. Along with appointing two members to Metro's Board of Directors, there's no question that the county has a stake in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Frank Wilson Survival Watch, Day 3: Spanish Bombs

    ​How long will the embattled Metro president last? Hair Balls presents today's installment of the Frank Wilson Survival Watch. 1. The Federal Transit Administration sends Frank Wilson a damning letter. Dorval Carter, the FTA's chief counsel, alerted Wilson at the end of last week that the feds are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Metro, Investigate Thyself

    ​The Metro board called a special meeting yesterday afternoon to hold a private executive session to discuss attorney Lloyd Kelley's lawsuit against Metro, which deals with all that alleged document shredding. But the board also used the opportunity to release the findings from UHY Advisors, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Top 5 Airplane Snacks

    ​Last week, Continental announced that complimentary meals would no longer be offered for most passengers. Starting this fall, healthier meals will be available for purchase to economy passengers. Continental will reserve complimentary meals for first-class passengers, international flights, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    First, They Came For My Legroom...Then They Came For My Food

    ​Earlier this month Houston's Continental Airlines announced that it would be improving its customer service for tall people by charging them for legroom.Today the airline announced it would be improving customer service for everybody in coach by no longer giving them free food."Continental Airlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Who Lied During The Dispute Over How Much The New Rail Lines Would Cost? Maybe No One

    ​We may finally have some answers to the questions that emerged after it was reported that Metro lied about the cost of two proposed light rail corridors. During a Metro meeting in April, Houstonian Paul Magaziner told the board that the projects would cost $1.8 billion. Frank Wilson, Metro's pres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Continental Airlines Manages To Piss Off India

    Continental Airlines is having a tough stretch -- its CEO quit, its recently announced earnings are dismaying Wall Street (What do those two things have in common? Hmmm....), its laying off a bunch of workers, and now it's got the parliament of India all in an uproar.Indian politicians are shocked, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Larry Kellner Out At Continental Airlines

    Larry Kellner, the head of Continental Airlines and a prominent guy in Houston political, social and charitable circles, is gone.The airline announced that he "has decided to return to private equity at year-end after 14 years with Continental, the last five of them as chairman and CEO."Taking his p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Feds Say Metro Has Violated Civil Rights Laws (Without Specifics)

    We reported yesterday on things looking up for Metro, but today Hair Balls learned that our transit authority is violating the federal government's definition of civil rights. According to a letter dated April 27, the Federal Transit Administration conducted a Title VI Compliance Review of Metro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    The Former Chron Employees' List, So Far (Updated April 3)

    So far we've been limiting our list of laid-off Chron people to names readers might recognize; we've heard from some current and ex-Chronsters that they'd like a master list, since no centralized information is coming anywhere else.With that in mind, here's what we've heard so far. Other names are s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 19, 2009
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    March 4, 2009

    What, The Name "Death To Jews" Was Taken?

    Qatar Airways is making a big move in the Houston market -- it's got ads on the air touting its luxurious service, it's got a giant new 777 plying the new Houston-Doha route.One thing it's probably not doing -- advertising in Houston's Jewish Herald-Voice. Or, if they are, they're probably not headl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Southwest Airlines Going All International On Us

    You are now free to move about...another country?Has Southwest Airlines, the little Texas company that introduced cattle-call boarding, going all international on us?The airline announced today it's taking the first steps to offering flights to Canada, which is a country somewhere to the north of th ... More >>

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    August 20, 2008
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    January 29, 2008
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    August 24, 2006
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    August 10, 2006

    So Long, Friendly Skies

    It's still the safest way to travel. Well, thanks a lot, terrorists. If you're traveling by plane this morning, you'd better really dress down. By now, you've no doubt heard that British police have thwarted a would-be bomb plot against British flights destined for the U.S. The plot, as Brit off ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 3, 2005

    Sole Sister

    The Alley Theatre's Bad Dates is a shoe-in

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    September 23, 2004
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    September 23, 2004
  • Culture

    August 19, 2004

    Trading Spaces

    The new Inman Gallery gets rolling with an ambitious show

  • News

    December 25, 2003

    Masters and Commanders

    A cruise is a great way to take a break as long as you're not belowdecks

  • News

    November 27, 2003

    Stealth Statue

    Sssh! There's a secret project under way for the senior Bush

  • Culture

    November 6, 2003

    Image-Free Art

    Julian Dashper gives us audio but no visuals in his recordings of the museum exhibit environment

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Place to Buy Roses

    Fannin's Flower Row

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Hype

    Super Bowl 2004

  • News

    December 19, 2002

    City Blames Metro for Cash Crunch

    A transit official says delayed payouts are Houston's problem

  • Dining

    March 28, 2002

    The Great Restaurant Sale

    Detoured downtown becomes a buyer's market

  • News

    November 15, 2001

    Access Denied

    Once the handicapped come aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, they may never leave -- no matter how badly they want to

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    We're (Kinda) Sorry

    The Chron finally gets around to apologizing for being wrong about the supposed Clinton-staff vandalism scandal

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Japanese Restaurant

    Kaneyama Japanese Restaurant

  • Dining

    June 8, 2000

    Cowboy in the Kitchen

    Welcome The Houston Press's new food critic, Robb Walsh

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    December 26, 1996
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    April 18, 1996
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