POLICY #4

ADDRESSING TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES WITH PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS

The fourth issue in ‘Action Plan SA’ is addressing transportation challenges with practical solutions.

The only thing slower than San Antonio rush hour traffic is Ron’s response to rush hour traffic. He attacked Mayor Taylor over traffic, spent two years studying the issue, and has taken zero action beyond proposing to sneak street cars back into San Antonio after voters overwhelmingly rejected the idea. Now his ConnectSA plan is at risk since the accompanying legislation needed at the Texas legislature did not pass. We need practical solutions implemented now to offer San Antonio more ways to get to work and we need more capacity and urgent construction in congested areas. We cannot afford to study the issue for another two years or bet on some issuance of debt at some point in the future like Ron is suggesting.

An annual study by INRIX found that the average San Antonio driver loses sixty hours per week stuck in traffic, which is the equivalent of one and a half weeks of work each year. This lost productivity puts the cost of congestion at $843 per driver per year, which is up five percent since 2017.

This is a quality of life issue. Traffic makes folks late for work, parents late for recitals and soccer games, and the idling cars create air and noise pollution. Every minute stuck in traffic is a minute we are missing out on things that matter like dinner with the family or getting to a sales meeting on time. Ron had a chance to lead, he failed, but we will take action and get traffic moving again—not study why it isn’t moving.

In his first 90 days as Mayor of San Antonio, Greg Brockhouse pledges to bring the following votes to City Council:

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Increase funding to VIA to match Texas’ other big cities and work with them to increase their transportation options.

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Urgently seek federal funding for new highways and current highway expansion.

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Identify where bus stop shelters are needed. Install quality bus stop shelters across the City.

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Expedite the implementation of the Master Bike Plan for San Antonio to protect cyclists from danger.

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Increase fines for vehicles parking in bike lanes.

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Increase bicycle signage to educate drivers about cycling right of way and safety.

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Coordinate with large employers and school districts to create a flex time program to spread peak traffic over longer periods of time.

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Dispatch SAPD, or partner law enforcement agencies, to high-traffic intersections where traffic signals cannot process the volume during peak hours.

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Coordinate with adjoining municipalities to sync traffic lights across jurisdictions.

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Offer incentives to developers who construct acceleration and deceleration lanes to facilitate traffic flow.

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Establish a bonus initiative for contractors completing city street improvement projects ahead of schedule.

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Coordinate with school district police forces to increase patrols in and around school zones during pickup and drop-off times.

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Partner with local school districts to identify and staff school crossings in need of Mama/Papa Patrols.

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Prioritize the upgrade of all school crossing locations as an urgent public safety crisis.

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Increase enforcement of law requiring vehicles to clear the road after minor traffic accidents.