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Mayor Nirenberg, Judge Wolff endorse Andrade for VIA chair

Communications and Public Affairs: 207-7234
Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Mayor Nirenberg, Judge Wolff endorse Andrade for VIA chair

CONTACT: Bruce Davidson, 210-207-8998
Monica Ramos, 210-335-2742


SAN ANTONIO (Feb.18, 2020) — Mayor Ron Nirenberg and County Judge Nelson Wolff today recommended Hope Andrade to serve again as VIA Metropolitan Transit Board chair.


VIA Chair Rey Saldaña earlier announced that he is stepping down to take a job with a Communities in Schools, a Washington, D.C.-based educational nonprofit.


Andrade served as VIA board chair from 2014 until she stepped down last June. The San Antonio businesswoman also is a former chair of the Texas Transportation Commission and former Texas Secretary of State.


“Hope Andrade has a unique level of expertise in transportation and an abundance of leadership experience and skill,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Hope’s steady hand at the wheel will be invaluable as we move toward an important transportation election in November.”


“Hope has been a long time champion for our community and especially for transportation. She’s always been on top of the opportunities for San Antonio and continued to improve our quality of life,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “Under her tutelage, we’ve seen a lot of wonderful and positive change come to VIA.”


Judge Wolff added, “She implemented the Ride to Vote, provide fare free transportation for voters on Election Day, the full fleet conversion to renewable energy buses and the installation. She’s now coming back to this role at a critical time. She’s taken challenges head on and turned them into successes. I look forward to working with her as we move forward.”


Mayor Nirenberg said, “This isn’t the first time that we have asked Hope to go beyond the call of duty to serve as VIA chair.” Andrade extended her previous term twice at the request of Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff.


While the VIA board selects the chair, the mayor and county judge traditionally forward their recommendation to the board members. Although the VIA board has term limits, Andrade is eligible to serve through the November election.


Andrade serves as a tri-chair for ConnectSA, a nonprofit created by Nirenberg and Wolff to craft a multi-modal transportation plan. Funding for a portion of the plan is expected to go before voters in November.