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Published on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mayor Nirenberg Urges Congress to Invest in Transportation Infrastructure

CONTACT: Bruce Davidson, 210-207-8998
bruce.davidson@sanantonio.gov
Alex Sarabia, 210-207-8979
Alex.sarabia@sanantonio.gov

 

WASHINGTON D.C. (March 13, 2019) – Congress should reauthorize our nation’s essential transportation programs and invest in America’s infrastructure, Mayor Ron Nirenberg told a House subcommittee today.

 

The mayor encouraged lawmakers to focus on three key areas: modern mobility, regional connectivity and safety.

 

“Cities believe that the mobility of our citizens should be our new measure of success in the next reauthorization,” said Mayor Nirenberg.

 

U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman DeFazio invited Mayor Nirenberg to testify at a hearing before the subcommittee on Highways and Transit titled “Aligning Federal Surface Transportation Policy to Meet 21st Century Needs.” The Mayor represented the residents of San Antonio and the National League of Cities (NLC). 

 

Representing the NLC, Nirenberg testified, “Cities believe that Congress must continue to be a steady federal investment partner in infrastructure through the Highway Trust Fund, and it has become an economic and safety risk to not adequately fund a multimodal transportation system.”

 

“America’s economy will only move as well as its transportation systems,” said the Mayor. “Reducing congestion along the I-35 corridor—our nation’s fastest growing region— requires investing in regional connectivity to achieve the full economic potential of this mega-metropolis.”

 

The mayor also highlighted our local efforts. “In San Antonio, we’re working on a framework for modern mobility called ConnectSA,” the Mayor emphasized. “Our goal is to integrate our infrastructure investments to achieve a more efficient transportation network by leveraging first-and-last-mile technology, building an advanced rapid transit network on dedicated lanes and improving the bus system for more frequent ridership.”