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Mobility Is Still A Major Issue In San Antonio

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Why isn't San Antonio making more progress toward improving mobility challenges?


In January, local nonprofit SA2020 released its 2018 impact report which analyzes the city's progress in various indicators to improve conditions within San Antonio communities.

Targeting "eleven cause areas," the report uses local data to measure whether goals have been met or are on track to be met by 2020. 

"The Source"takes an annual deep dive into the impact report to address a series of "complex community challenges." This specific show addresses indicators related to mobility.

SA2020 envisions the city with an environmentally friendly transportation system where everyone is able to walk, ride, drive or wheel in a safe, convenient, and affordable manner to their desired destinations. But according to the most recent report, the majority of transportation-related indicators haven't improved enough to meet goals for next year.

Walkabilityhas continued to decline since 2010, while Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) continues to increase. Fewer workers are traveling carpool and/or public transportation. The average commute time continues to increase year over year, which could be attributed to San Antonio's growing population. 

More people with more cars have also been a factor in the rising number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries of pedestrians and bicyclists on San Antonio roads.

What are the obstacles to San Antonio achieving a reliable transportation infrastructure that connects all communities by 2020?

What's being done to identify and address the major challenges and root causes of our city's mobility issues? Who is most impacted?

How are community stakeholders working together to improve San Antonio residents' ability to get from here to there?


"The Source" is a live call-in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. Leave a message before the program at (210) 615-8982. During the live show, call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org or tweet at @TPRSource. 

This interview aired on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.