Your San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Richard Perez joined District 7 City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval and Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff as an in-studio guest on Texas Public Radio’s “The Source” this week. The segment was called “One Vehicle, One Driver,” and focused on transportation options to reduce congestion on San Antonio roadways.
About 80 percent of San Antonio employees drive alone to and from work, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A new working group, initiated by District 7 representative Ana Sandoval and District 4 Councilman Rey Saldana, will be working with local entities and businesses to develop efficient alternatives to the “one vehicle, one driver” commute. The group will also include representatives from VIA Metropolitan Transit, Alamo Area Council of Governments, businesses of all sizes and chambers of commerce. With an expected one million more people moving to San Antonio by 2040, this committee will be tasked with developing recommendations to be presented to the City’s Transportation Committee in the spring.
Perez touched on the fact that in 2016, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce collaborated with the City to survey San Antonio’s large employers (1,000+ employees) to determine if they offer commuter benefit options, including but not limited to carpool or bicycle subsides; telework programs; and/or a compressed workweek. A total of 57 employers were surveyed. Results found that 58% of large employers offer commute options, and 42% do not. The Chamber plans to take the survey one-step further and survey employees to determine which commuter options are most favorable.
Traffic congestion, safety, and non-attainment remain top priorities for the Chamber. We will continue to advocate for alternative funding mechanisms, multimodal transportation options, and other innovative approaches to relieve traffic congestion on our roadways.