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SAN ANTONIO (April 10, 2018) — In his first State of the City address, Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced the formation of a nonprofit organization that could pave the way for a modern mass transit system election.
ConnectSA, which was incorporated on Monday, is a private nonprofit that will gather public input and data on mass transit, with the goal of gauging public support and educating the community about a multimodal transportation plan.
“We are on the brink of a new era of mobility in San Antonio,” Mayor Nirenberg said. “Now is the day, now is the hour to act boldly on transportation.”
Mayor Nirenberg added, “If we continue with business as usual — just building more roads and highways — average commute times will increase by 75 percent.”
The Mayor named VIA Board Chairwoman Hope Andrade, former Mayor Henry Cisneros and former City Attorney Jane Macon as ConnectSA Tri-Chairs. The organization’s board will include representatives of VIA, Bexar County, the state and regions of the City.
Board members include state Sen. Jose Menendez, state Rep. Ina Minjarez, Councilman Rey Saldaña and Councilwoman Ana Sandoval. The remaining board members will be chosen with input from City Council, the county, stakeholders and the tri-chairs.
The organization will support VIA Metropolitan Transit’s work to design a multimodal transit corridor plan.
The State of the City address, delivered to members of several chambers of commerce on Tuesday afternoon, also unveiled the Blue Chips Jobs Council, an informal group of San Antonio business leaders who have agreed to help the city recruit corporations to invest in San Antonio.
Mayor Nirenberg also called for increasing street maintenance funding in the fiscal 2019 city budget to $110 million.