Transportation Choices for a Livable and Sustainable San Antonio
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
March 6, 2008
My good friend and transportation policy analyst Bill Barker wrote a piece that describes a conference I am organizing and to which the first 200 registering are able to attend.
"Growth, gasoline prices, traffic congestion, inadequate transit, traffic fatalities, mobility, accessibility to jobs and health care, transportation funding, air quality, sprawl, peak oil, potholes, speed bumps, climate change, globalization, carbon emissions – the issues surrounding transportation today are numerous. How are we in San Antonio dealing with these issues? If you read the local newspaper, you would think that the only tool in the transportation planner's toolbox is a toll road!
"The purpose of this half-day workshop is to address the importance of achieving a more livable and sustainable San Antonio through the development of a range of transportation choices and to identify the range of options that are available. The interaction between transportation and land development will be specifically addressed because the solution to some problems perceived as transportation issues actually lay in the diversity of land uses, urban and neighborhood design, and the density of development.
"Because of the recent local intense focus on toll roads and freeways, the workshop will not directly focus on these transport modes. Further, the goal is to provide an informal, open forum for the exchange of information and views on sustainable transportation alternatives that support a livable community. There will be no attempt to select the best modes for San Antonio during this conference.
"Bus rapid transit (BRT) will also not be directly addressed in this workshop because there is another workshop (Feb 12-13 and 14-15) on this specific topic to be held in San Antonio at about the same time. There will, however, be an update on the surprising status of passenger rail transit around the state with examples of the associated transit oriented development.
"The conference will be held on the morning of Friday, March 28, 2008.
"There will be six speakers to address these topics:
- overview of the need for travel choices
- the interaction between travel and urban design, density and diversity
- corridor transportation options and the requirement for their analysis in the environmental studies produced under the National Environmental Policy Act, such as:
- High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes
- reversible lanes
- contraflow lanes
- access management
- innovative intersection and traffic signal system designs
- Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
- Transportation System Management (TSM)
- rail transit (light rail, historic rail and commuter rail) existing and currently being planned in Texas with examples of resulting transit oriented development
- the "third mode" (after highways and transit) to include:
- flexible work hours
- parking programs
- carsharing (short term urban car rental)
- walking and biking"
We will soon have a website at bexar.org through which you can register. Hope to see you there!