keeping san antonio in motion!
SAN ANTONIO IS AT A CROSSROADS.
an Antonio is America's 8th largest city: And it is estimated that by
2025, Bexar County's population will reach 1.8 million'l-c- 20% higher
than it is today. Meanwhile, funding for public transportation, street improvements
and highway projects has not been able to keep up with the growing community
needs. There is a plan to keep San Antonio moving as we keep growing.
IMPROVED STREETS, HIGHWAYS, & PUBLIC
TRANSIT COULD HELP WITH GROWTH.
The more our community grows, the more our traffic problems will grow. Economic growth, such as the new Toyota plant,
creates need for expanded roads and public transportation options. And segments of our community that rely on public
transit the most-students,
elderly, and disabled--are already growing rapidly. Fully coordinated sh-eet, highway, and
public transit planning is one way to deal with this situation.
Improvements to existing streets and non ..toll highways
are a part of the plan.
Consider the ongoing need for street Tepairs, new sidewalks, safety projects, expanded highway lanes, and intersections.
These projects affect all of us. The City of San Antonio and the Texas Department
toll projects under consideration
by TxDOT do not address all of San Antonio's
street and highway needs.
Public transit can also help
ease traffic congestion.
By providing over 38 million passenger trips each year,
VIA already keeps a lot of excess traffic off the streets. In
fact, without VIA, San Antonio drivers would spend 3.5
million more hours each year sitting in traffic.
to budgetary constraints,
VIA is unable to do much more
to address today's needs, much less expand service to a
growing community. Recent city growth and unfunded
mandates from Washington
have put strains on VIA. The
cost of VIAtrans service alone, which is an essential service for people with disabilities, has grown to 20% of VIA's
annual budget. The agency has had to dip into reserves to
fund annual operations. In short, VIA has stretched its 1/2
cent sales tax funding as far as it can go. Without additional
resources, it will have to decrease current bus services,
eliminate downtown streetcars, delay new transit facilities,
and reduce VIAtrans service for people with disabilities to
the minimum federal guidelines.
(T xDOT) oversee
these entities face their own combined shortfall of $8 billion for projects already planned."
Texas Metropolitan Mobility Plan Draft Report, San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization, July 2004
Transportation Institute, Mobility Data for San Antonio
ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT
TO MEET THESE NEEDS.
To respond to these transporrarion
l<aepingf;,m Antnnio in motion.
challenges, the citizens of San Antonio
1/4 cent sales tax to create an Advanced Transportation
community-wide effort between the City
of San Antonio, T xDOT, and VIA. The
election will be held on November
2, 2004. If approved, the
ATD would use new tax money to help fund advanced
are being asked to invest an
District (ATD), an entity allowing for a
by all three agencies.
project plans for the first ten years will be described
pages that follow. Based on input from the community, and
resolutions passed by the' VIA Board of Trustees, these funds
would not be used for light rail or for projects on eoll rocds.
~~ Add and improve sidewalks to enhance connectivity
between neighborhoods and major roadways.
» Minimize highway conges6on by ~ting
Offer more transit options; passenger facilities, and other
How the ATD funds will be divided.
YOUR 1/4 CENT WILL KEEP
SAN ANTONIO IN
1/4 cent to the sales tax amounts to one penny for
every $4. And everyone who buys anything
small as it seems, thar fraction of a penny is expected
to an additional
$34 million per year-all
provide street, highway, and public transit solutions.
Even with the increase, San Antonio's
sales tax for trans-
will still be 1/4 cent less than that of Dallas,
Houston or Austin. And San Antonio's
be less than that of those cities-and
~~ Utilize technology to provide faster bus trips and
extend bus service hours.
overall sales tax will
even that of Balcones
Heights, Castle Hills, Converse, Live Oak, Selma, Shavano Park, and other neighboring
HALF OF THE ATD FUNDS WILL
IMPROVE HIGHWAYS, STREETS, & RELATED
TxDOT will be able to complete non ..toll highway projects sooner.
One fourth of the money collected by ATD will be used by T xDOT to leverage federal matching funds. This will increase
T xDOT's budget for local work and speed up projects that would otherwise take years to even get started.
safety projects including sidewalks, bike lanes and continuous
non-toll roads only-to
-~ -~ -.......,~~-~~""~ -~~-~-..--¥.~--~PLANNED
~ ~,-~.. ATD
Upgrade to l G-lane freeway and traffic management
ramps & intersection
and expand 2 to 4 lanes with turn lane
(east & west bound)
Highway and street
projects planned by
provided by the Texas Department
will be accelerated
The City of San Antonio will have more funds to improve streets.
One fourth of AID funds will be used to increase the city's resources for street improvements. The City plans to make specialized improvements
along major arterial streets throughout the city (see chart below) to enhance connectivity between neighborhoods and major roadways.
traffic congestion with improved traffic signal timing, additional
of new turn lanes, widening"
and other mobility improvements.
funds will be used to add or improve sidewalks with priority given to those on or adjacent to transit corridors.
to sidewalks, curbs, and wheelchair ramps.
~~ Improve and I or add cl"Osswalks, pedestrian street markers, and other facilities.
CITY STREETS AND AREAS PLANNED
FOR ONE OR MORE
~. Fredericksburg Road North
Information provided by the City of San Antonio.
HALF OF THE ATD FUNDS WILL
IMPROVE OUR PUBLIC
VIA will provide better services, better facilities, and
additional public transit options.
Better service on busiest routes-increase
routes with IS-minute
or better service, improve travel times ro destinations,
and extend service hours (24 hours, 7 days a week on key routes inside Loop 410 and in the Medical Center).
Expanded sevvice to new a1'easwith high ridership potential, such as the new Toyota plant, and launch pilot programs
for (1) vanpooli.ng and (2) commuter bus service between job centers (such as the Medical Center)
and outlying residential areas.
1,100 more benches,
700 more bus shelters, build more
Park & Rides and transit centers, and 50 "Super Stops" at high ridership locations.
signal priority systems for up to 20% improvement
times, plus rider amenities such as new Smartcard
and online trip planning
in bus tmvel
realtime bus arrival displays,
VIA plans to enhance passenger facilities and construct high-usage
"Super Stops" such as this one in Florida.
PL~NNED SITE..<;FOR NEW!
UPGRADED PASSENGER FACILITIES
employees from outlying
University Park & Ride Upgrade
communities to their
IH-35 North and Loop 1604
MedicaL Center Upgrade
San Pedro and Loop 410
US 281 North Park & Ride
West S;de Multi-Modal Facility
provided by VIA Metropolitan
I 24 ..Hour
Preliminary sites for
new or upgraded VIA
Park & Rides and
passenger transit centers
THE ATD WILL BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITY.
The ATD is designed to reduce traffic congestion
and increase mobility within San Antonio,
so everyone who lives here can
benefit. Ride the bus? The ATD will work to offer you more service hours, faster trips, and better facilities. Drive your own
vehicle? The ATD will work to reduce highway traffic congestion
benefit from additional
bike lanes. And pedestrians
and improve traffic flow at intersections.
will receive better access through additional
or improved sidewalks.
Need More Information?
For more detailed information on the Advanced Transportation District and its specific plans, attend an Information
September (see list below). To get more ATD information from VIA, you can:
Log on to AdvancedTransportationDistrict.org
ATD Information Fairs
Saturday, September 18
VIA Metro Center, 1021 San Pedro
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday, September 30
Medical Center Transit Center, 7535 Merton Minter
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
of the ATD
ON NOVEMBER 2, You DECIDE.
Get the facts and decide for yourself how you want to vote on this issue. Early voting begins
18, 2004, at locations throughout
the city (see list below).
Election Day - November 2, 2004 (7:00 am..7:00 pm)
The Advanced Transportation District
will operate under a stringent ethics
policy that will guide all decision-making
processes. In addition, an
Oversight Committee, composed of a wide
range of San Antonio citizens, will
provide the Am with valuable input, opinio
and expertise - helping ensure
that the projects planned will be delivered.
Advanced Transportation District
October 18 - October 29, 2004
Ruben M. Escobedo, CPA, Chair
Main Early Voting Location:
Certified Public Accountant
Bexar County Justice Center, 300 Dolorosa
(NOTE: This location closed Sat., Oct. 23 and Sun., Oct. 24, and dosed at 6 pm Oct. 25 - 29)
Rabbi Barry Block
Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth-El
Other Early Voting Locations:
. 3300 N. Loop 1604 W
City Public Service
509 S.w. Milirary
11441 Vance Jackson
Larry Clark, ASLA
Local Business Owner
VIA trans Rider/VIA Citizens Advisory Council
5047 De Zavala Rd.
Shavano Baptist Church
Bender Wells Clark Design
4100 S. New Braunfels
Glen Alan Graham
South Park Mall
2310 S.w. Milirnry
Dcllcrcst Shopping Center
1800 S. W,WWhite
Thousand OakslEl Sendero Library
VlA Metro Center
1021 San Pedro
VIA Bus Rider
Area Tourism Council
Dr. Ana M. "Cha" Guzman
President, Palo Alto College
Nettie Patricia Hinton
VIA Citizens Advisory Council
Las Palma, Library
515 Castroville Rd.
1401 S.\V Loop 410
President, San Antonio
Early Voting Times:
Mon., Oct. 18 - Frl., Oct. 22
John P. Kelly, P.E.
Former T xDOT San Antonio District Engineer
VP Major Projects in Texas, DMJM & Harris
Sister Odilia Korenek
Sun., Oct. 24
12 noon - 6 pm (Justice Center, closed all day)
Charles Lutz, III
Voting times and locations are subject to change. Information is available
through the Bexar County Elections Office at 335-VOTE.
This is what voters will see on the ATD item on the November ballot.
Advanced Transportation District Election
The question presented is whether VIA Metropolitan Transit will be authorized to create an Advanced
Transportation District within the City of San Antonio, Texas. The District would be funded by a sales
and use tax of one-fourth of one percent (1/4 of 1¢) to be allocated as follows:
One-half (50%) of the tax proceeds will be used for projects including advanced
services, operations, passenger amenities, equipment, and other advanced
~~ One-fourth (25%) would be used to construct, improve and maintain streets, sidewalks and
related infrastructure designed to improve mobility, and other advanced transportation
purposes within the District; and
(25%) would be used as the local share for state and federal grants for improved
infrastructure designed to improve mobility, and other advanced
or mobility enhancement
purposes within the District.
"The creation of an Advanced Transportation
District and the imposition of a sales and use tax for
and mobility enhancement
within the District at a rate to be set by the
governing body of the Advanced Transportation
District at one-fourth of one percent (1/4 of 1¢)."
J P Morgan Chase
Former Mayor, City of Castle Hills
Chair, VIA Citizens Advisory Council
Director, San Antonio
Office, Fannie Mae!
Josue (Joe) Robles, Jr.
Executive Vice President,
CFO and Corporate Treasurer, USAA
Major General US. Army (ReL)
President, Building Trade Council, AFL-C10
President, Blossom Park Neighborhood Association
VIA Citizens Advisory Council
Dr. Morris A. Stribling
President, Foot Care of Central San Antonio
Chairman, Alamo City Chamber of Commerce
Rev. E. Thunuan Walker
President, Texas Allied Landscape
VIA Citizens Advisory Council
VIA/ATD Board of Trustees
Timothy N. Tuggey,Chair
Charles R. Munoz, Vice Chair
Leo Lopez, Secretary
Dr. Charles Cotrell