• Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Houstonians Hate Traffic, Have No Desire to Change

    Those of us who live in Houston are a diverse lot. We have members of our community from all over the world, never mind the state of Texas. Yet, we can all agree that traffic here is God awful. But, what we can't seem to agree on is why or how to fix it. A recent study from Texas A&M University's Tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Houston's Traffic Pain is a Slow Burn Thanks to a Lack of Vision

    One of the toughest things to deal with besides daily traffic in Houston is the prolonged traffic nightmare faced by Houstonians over years and years and years thanks to poor planning and a lack of foresight. While most cities struggle with similar issues, ours feels like its own special brand of he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    One Person Died in Smuggling Operation Involving Houston Woman

    A Houston woman who allegedly got into a car crash escaping the Border Patrol admitted this week to a federal judge that she was helping smuggle 9 undocumented immigrants. One person died as a result of the crash. Karin Aguilar-Melgor, 22, was the driver of a pickup that carried the group, court re ... More >>

  • News

    March 20, 2014

    Trapped: There Are No Simple Solutions to Houston's Traffic Crisis

    The crazy, complicated conundrum of Houston traffic.

  • 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 31, 2013

    Dear Drivers: Why Would You Not Wear a Seat Belt? Seriously, I'm Asking!

    Yesterday, a Texas A&M football player and two other passengers of an SUV on a long road trip back to texas died when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled multiple times on the side of the highway. The driver suffered only minor injuries. The difference for him was that he was the on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    More Concrete Coming On SH 288: 26-Mile Toll Road To Pearland

    Hey Pearland!!! You are about to either a) enter a bright new day of easy commuting to downtown Houston, or b) add to our area's smog problem via the addition of more concrete laid down for the rich to use while the less well-off suffer. It's a matter of perspective, we guess. State Highway 288 ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Dining on the Rails: A Guide to Light Rail Lunching in Houston

    The Houston Press Guide to Lunch (or Dinner) on the Light Rail. When owner Staci Davis decided on a location for her restaurant, Radical Eats, one thing was extremely important to her above all: Davis wanted her vegan paradise to have access to the new Metro light rail North Line that's currently b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Metro Board Gets Input On Whether To Keep Subsidizing City Budgets

    The recent outbreak of hysterical excitement around the city can only mean one thing: the Metro board will soon decide on ballot language for the General Mobility Program referendum. With this fateful day closing in, the board convened last night to accept more public input on the issue. Speakers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Southwest Rolls Over United In Hobby Battle

    In the end, it wasn't even close. The epic battle between Southwest and United was won by SWA, with council voting 16-1 today to allow expansion that will enable international flights out of Hobby. United flies internationally out of Bush Intercontinental, and wanted to keep that status very much ... 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

    March 13, 2012

    Houston: Only Two U.S. Cities Have More Dangerous Drivers

    As you head out for your commute, keep this cheery thought in mind: You are about to hand your life over to some of the most dangerous people around: other Houstonian drivers. Space City drivers are the third-most dangerous in the nation, according to another one of those pseudoscientific studies b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Your Bus & Rail Is Free on New Year's Eve

    If your New Year's Eve plans include drinking past the point where it'd be wise to get behind the wheel, Metro's got your back. All buses and light rail are free from 6 p.m. New Year's Eve until 6 a.m. New Year's Day, the agency announced. Metro says it "wants to help individuals celebrating the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Howard Hughes Gets a Light-Rail Station Named After Him

    Bring your own urine jars.​The world's cleanest, germ-free light-rail station -- albeit one in which you no doubt will be encouraged to piss in jars -- will be Stop 3 on Metro's new East End line. That stop will be officially designated the Altic/Howard Hughes stop, the agency announced today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Southwest Pilot Caught on Open Microphone: You Are Now Free to Denigrate Gays and Your Female Flight Attendants

    Times haven't changed (for some).​KPRC has broken the story of a Houston-based Southwest pilot who got a little chatty without realizing his cockpit microphone was on. Air-traffic controllers were treated to a rundown on how the unnamed pilot thinks most Houston flight attendants are ugly, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Metro Prepares for Final Four Onslaught

    Metro clearly wants to avoid this during the Final Four weekend.​Beginning next Thursday, college basketball fans will begin descending on Houston for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, held at Reliant Stadium. In addition to the games, there is a fan festival at George R. Brown Convention ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Unidentified Male, 30-35, Bayou Body Count No. 34

    Man killed in fatal traffic accident.​HPD is investigating a fatal traffic accident at 4400 South MacGregor Way around 7:25 p.m. Friday, March 18. The victim, a 30 to 35-year-old male, is currently unidentified. According to the incident report, the victim was driving a tan Jeep Wrangler east ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    The Mechanic: Is This the Latest Metro Crash?

    SUV Meets Bus The Mechanic at MOVIECLIPS.comAds for the subtle coming-of-age film The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster and plenty of guns and bombs, have been all over the air recently. Last night we actually bothered to watch one when it came on. And we could have sworn we saw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Remember: No Light Rail Service This Weekend

    Another weekend without light rail​Things are back to normal with Metro light rail service -- it's out again all weekend. Construction on a new pedestrian bridge over Fannin in the Medical Center will once again force people onto the bus from 8 p.m. tonight to midnight Sunday. (You might wan ... 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

    November 30, 2010

    Red Light Cameras Can Not Be Killed Quietly

    The battle over red light cameras in Houston rages on. ​Paul Kubosh wants to give voters a voice in the ongoing battle over red light cameras in Houston. Kubosh, who started Citizens Against Red Light Cameras, filed today a "motion to intervene" in a federal lawsuit that was filed against the city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Bullet Train Dream Still Remains Popular, If Not Likely To Happen

    Houston to Dallas High Speed Rail Presentation When we wrote earlier this week about a Japanese executive giving a presentation about a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, we really didn't think much of it. They've been talki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Metro Gets Bit By The "Buy American" Rule

    An FTA ruling concerning light rail cars purchased from Spanish company CAF puts a whole lot of money in jeapordy for Metro. ​Metro has received just about the worst news possible: The Federal Transit Administration's "Buy American" investigation found that Metro did, in fact, violate federal guid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Metro "Clarifies" That Feds' Ruling Will Delay Light Rail Construction

    Metro: Upon further review......​Yesterday's bombshell announcement that the federal government had found Metro's purchase of rail cars to have violated "Buy America" laws brought with it assurances that the agency could still stick to its schedule of building the light rail system.That's not the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Metro Light Rail Expands Hours For Bike Riders

    The Iron Horse welcomes velocipedes​Metro and BikeHouston have reached an agreement that expands the hours bike riders will be allowed on light-rail trains.Bikes are still barred during peak travel hours in the morning and afternoon, but the definition of "peak hours" has changed.Bikes can now be ... 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

    March 12, 2010

    Stay The Hell Away From The South Loop If You Know What's Good For You

    The West Loop is a disaster area right now. An 18-wheeler has shut it down.From TxDot: EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF IH 610 WEST LOOPAt the request of the City of Bellaire, the Texas Department of Transportation has closed IH 610 West Loop southbound mainlanes and frontage road at Bellaire and is in the proc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 31, 2009

    The Polar Express 4D

    Fun to the fourth power

  • News

    November 19, 2009
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    November 6, 2009

    Metro Vice President To Homeless: Stay Off Our Train

    ​Todd Mason is the vice president of real estate services for Metro. At the time of his hiring, there was some concern that by hiring Mason and dabbling in big-time real estate development at and around Metro properties, the transit organization was extending itself far beyond its mission statemen ... More >>

  • Film

    October 22, 2009

    Truth in Advertising

    Somers Town gets at the heart of working-class London. And might sell some train tickets, too.

  • 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

    April 20, 2009

    Metro's Light Rail, Directed By Martin Scorsese

    Houston METRO Light Rail from on Vimeo Via Swamplot comes pretty, pretty pictures of the proposed light-rail lines Metro is building.See!! Swooping visuals as you zoom in from the skies and glide past trains and Second Life pedestrians!!Hear!! Light-rail trains that sound like Santa's slei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Tempers Flare At The Metro Board Meeting

    Some important things could have been resolved at today's Metro board meeting, particularly the absence of a contract between Metro and an outside company to design and build four proposed light-rail lines, the cornerstone of future mass transit in Houston.Instead, we got wife-beating. It started wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Continental Wants Its Pilots to Work Harder, Fly Righter

    If you're flying Continental to Mumbai in the near future, you might want to pay close attention to how rested the pilot is. Are her eyes bloodshot, or are the lids propped up with toothpicks? Or is she perhaps knocking back little pills with gallons of coffee? Well, the FAA seems a bit worried tha ... 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

    October 13, 2008

    News Chopper Crash Shows The Dangers

    KTRK has released the names of the two men killed in this morning’s helicopter crash in Montgomery County. The victims were pilot John Downhower and photographer Dave Garrett. Today’s tragedy serves as a stark reminder of what can go wrong every time a news organization puts a reporter or phot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    College Students Develop Plan for Light Rail on Washington Avenue

    While Metro continues to struggle with ideas for extending the light rail with ease, some college kids might've figured it out. Graduate-level and undergraduate-level interns from the SWA Group recently revealed their redevelopment ideas for the Washington Avenue Corridor, a part of Super Neighborh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    The Osteen Trial: Let The Feasting Begin

    The epic lawsuit between Victoria Osteen and Continental Air Lines flight attendant Sharon Brown is on a lunch break, but from all appearances it will be later this afternoon when defense attorney Rusty Hardin does his feasting. Hardin only got to the very beginning of his cross-examination of Brow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    April 13, 2006
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    March 16, 2006
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    September 23, 2004
  • News

    February 12, 2004

    Ship Wrecked

    A Houston firm certified the oil tanker Prestige as good to go. It broke apart in the Atlantic, causing the worst environmental disaster in Spanish history.

  • News

    January 8, 2004

    Training Day

    Light rail's first day brings one high after another

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Activist

    Tom Bazan

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Patio

    The Terrace on Main, Warwick Hotel

  • News

    February 17, 2000
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    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

    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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