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SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 13, 2017) – Under the direction of City Council members Rey Saldaña and Ana Sandoval, the City is organizing a working group to recommend ways to make car- and van-pooling, and other alternative transportation options more convenient for employees. The goal is to reduce traffic congestion on San Antonio roadways ahead of the expected influx of one million new residents by 2040.
Saldaña and Sandoval won unanimous support on Tuesday from Council’s Governance Committee for their initiative to work with employers on alternatives to the “one vehicle, one driver” commute. About 80 percent of San Antonio employees drive alone to and from work, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The working group will include representatives of public entities, such as VIA Metropolitan Transit and Alamo Area Council of Governments, and the private sector, including chambers of commerce, large employers, and small and midsize businesses.
“We want to work hand-in-hand with employers,” Councilwoman Sandoval said. “Their commitment to promoting carpooling, bicycling, or walking to work, and to sharing information about VIA bus routes and schedules, will be crucial. Our success in making rush hour more tolerable – and less damaging to our air quality – will depend on the strength of our partnership with the private sector.
The working group will make its recommendation in mid-2018, and report its initial findings to Council’s Transportation Committee in March or April.
“With hundreds of millions invested to expand highways by a single lane, it only makes sense for us to look for alternatives that are affordable and focus on moving people rather than just single-occupancy vehicles,” Councilman Saldaña said. “Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result is a costly and ineffective way of addressing traffic congestion. My fear is that 10-15 years into the future, our city and policymakers will sit in unbearable gridlock and ask why we didn’t try to expand our transportation options.