CONTACT: Greg Jefferson, 210-859-1134
SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 20, 2017) – Under an initiative proposed by City Council members Rey Saldaña and Ana Sandoval, the City would work closely with San Antonio employers to cut rush-hour traffic congestion. The goal is to make car- and van-pooling more convenient for employees, to provide them with information about VIA Metropolitan Transit’s bus routes and park-and-ride stations, and to encourage companies to provide telecommuting options.
Saldaña and Sandoval won the support of three Council colleagues, through the Council Consideration Request process, to direct staff to develop and implement the program.
“Ultimately, we want San Antonio commuters to spend less of their time stuck in traffic, away from their families, and we want to reduce air pollution,” Sandoval said. “The city spends millions of taxpayer dollars on transportation infrastructure and operations. To the extent possible, we want to ensure the money is invested in a way that focuses on moving people instead of simply moving vehicles. We will look to city staff to come up with creative, outside-the-box solutions that work for San Antonio residents and employers.
“In my view, we have several parts of the city, where businesses cluster together, that would be prime candidates for these efforts. Downtown would be one, with its parking limitations and additional costs to employee and employer alike.”
“Last year, I relied solely on public transportation for a month, and I witnessed the long wait times commuters experience due to delays,” Saldaña said. “As a City committed to investing in our residents to improve their quality of life, I hope the additional investment in our public transit system as part of the City’s FY2018 Budget will help increase ridership as bus frequencies change and route improvements are implemented. However, it’s just as critical to identify and promote greater awareness of elements of our transportation system, such as park-and-ride stations that help simplify the commuter experience and aid in reducing traffic congestion.”