Yesterday, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee hosted Councilman Rey Saldana of District 4. Councilman Saldana currently chairs the City of San Antonio Transportation Committee and Inter-governmental Relations Committee. In addition, he was recently appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) Transportation Policy Board.
Councilman Saldana presented his vision as Chairman of the Transportation Committee, including the city’s role in engaging the business community to advocate for multi-modal transportation networks at the local, state, and federal levels. Saldana encouraged members to think big and bold about what a 21st Century Transportation System would look like in San Antonio. He touched on the key role the Chamber can play in engaging Chambers from the surrounding regions and MPOs in developing multi-modal transportation networks.
Councilman Saldana has been a champion for VIA. In the summer of 2015, he hung up his keys and became a VIA bus rider for one month to understand the needs of our transit system. Last month, he held a VIA bus tour showcasing District 4 landmarks including Port San Antonio, Toyota, Southwest Legacy High School, Texas A&M San Antonio, and Pearsall Park. Attendees hopped on one of VIA’s new buses as Councilman Saldana demonstrated to business and community leaders the importance of improving our transit system. Earlier this year, the City approved its FY 2018 budget, which includes $4.3 million from the City’s general revenue fund to help VIA increase bus frequency on underserved routes. Saldana applauds the Mayor and Council members for the investment.
Saldana also touched on aviation and the need to invest in our airport. He believes that we need to create and strengthen the business and consumer market, which will allow airlines to consider expanding air services. Saldana is devoted to ensuring our airport makes San Antonio competitive and looks forward to working with business and community leaders to identify the needs of our airport.
The Chamber will look to play an active role in ensuring we address the long-term multi-modal needs of our growing region. As we gear up for the Chamber’s 40th annual SA to DC trip January 29 – February 1, hearing from our Councilman Saldana is key to developing the Chamber’s federal legislative agenda and program for the big trip.