Department of Communications and Public Affairs

Published on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mayor Taylor, City Council approve new river barge operator

Contact: Leslie Garza, Director of Communications Office: (210) 207-8448, Cell: (210) 269-2297,

SAN ANTONIO (May 25, 2017) – Mayor Ivy R. Taylor today led her City Council colleagues to a 10-1 vote in favor of a new river barge operator, Go Rio San Antonio. Here are the Mayor’s remarks: 

“This is a good day for San Antonio, a day when we are debating the selection between two strong proposals that would each provide new and improved services at one of our iconic features, the San Antonio River. 

I went into this process with an open mind, and as I have said before, there was no single factor that I considered more important than others.   

What I have focused on from the beginning was that the process was fair and transparent and makes sense financially for the city, and that the operator will proudly represent and serve San Antonio. And while SBEDA and local preference are an important aspect of city policy, and for good reason, I did not solely look at whether an applicant was local or a small business. However, in this case the points allocated for both categories were enough to make a difference. 

Based on these factors and the RFP scoring, I supported Go Rio San Antonio for the river barge contract.  

I believe that when all is said and done, to choose to ignore our local preference and SBEDA programs when all factors seem to indicate that they worked exactly as designed, would not only set a dangerous precedent but also sends a message that directly contradicts the important public policy goals we enunciated when City Council approved our SBEDA program and goals.” 

Go Rio San Antonio is a partnership between local business owners Hope Andrade and Lisa Wong and Landry’s Restaurants. It finished first in the RFP process for the 10-year, $100 million contract and will begin operating San Antonio River barges and taxis on October 1, 2017.

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