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Our community must anticipate and respond to two significant trends that are already impacting our lives – a rapidly growing population and a future decline in production rates of oil.
Bexar County is one of the fastest growing counties. Trends: Fast growing population Source: Texas Data Center, US Census
Trends: Declining Oil Production Rates Source: Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas
San Antonio Metropolitan Area is vulnerable to changes in gas prices and expected rise of gas.
San Antonio's transportation system is defined by an extensive road system and above average driving distances.
Our Transportation System
Large Urbanized Areas Our Transportation System Under 1,100 Freeway Lane Miles, 2005 Tampa-St. Petersburg Sacramento Portland Milwaukee Orlando Las Vegas Providence Columbus San Antonio Buffalo Memphis 0 200 400 600 800 1,000 1,200 1,000 1,200 1,400 1,600 1,800 2,000 2,200 2,400 Population (1,000) Lane Miles of Freeway
More Roads Induce More Travel Our Transportation System 7 11 13 15 17 19 21 0.60 0.80 1.00 1.20 1.40 1.60 1.80 2.00 2.20 2.40 Major Roadway Lane Miles per 1,000 Population Daily Vehicle Travel (Miles) per Capita Indianapolis Columbus Norfolk Oklahoma City Buffalo New Orleans Orlando San Antonio Las Vegas Milwaukee Cincinnati Sacramento Fort Worth Kansas City San Bernardino Ft. Lauderdale Portland San Jose Pittsburgh Denver Cleveland Seattle St. Louis Miami Baltimore Minneapolis-St. Paul Dallas Phoenix San Diego Atlanta Boston Houston Washington DC Detroit San Francisco Philadelphia Chicago Los Angeles New York 9
Source: “ Who drives the most and the least among large U.S. metropolitan regions?” Commentary by Robert Dunphy, Urban Land Institute Our Transportation System 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 Minneapolis-St. Paul Riverside-San Bernardino West Palm Beach-Boca –Delray Oklahoma City Ft Lauderdale-Hollywd-Pompano Tampa-St Pete-Clearwater Miami-Hialeah Philadelphia Houston Atlanta Indianapolis Austin Dallas-Fort Worth Charlotte San Antonio Kansas City St. Louis Jacksonville Orlando Cincinnati Phoenix Columbus Seattle Memphis Salt Lake City Detroit San Diego Portland-Vancouver San Jose Norfolk-VA Beach-Newport News Washington Los Angeles Pittsburgh Providence-Pawtucket San Francisco-Oakland Denver Tucson Baltimore Sacramento Cleveland Milwaukee Chicago-Northwestern IN Boston Buffalo-Niagara Falls Las Vegas New York-Northeastern NJ New Orleans Daily Vehicle Miles Per Capita
Our current reliance on automobiles is draining our wealth.
A Drain On Our Wealth
Transportation costs have grown faster than income, San Antonio 2000-2006 A Drain On Our Wealth 12.2% 23.9% 33.2% 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Income Transport Housing
Drive ‘til You Qualify Transportation and Housing Costs for HHs Earning $20-$50,000 A Drain On Our Wealth
Typical SA household spends more on transportation than housing. H + T = 63% H + T = 48% H H T T A Drain On Our Wealth $15,200 $14,000 $14,000 $8,850
The cost of transportation hits low-income families the hardest.
Low-Income Families Hit Hardest
Low-Income Families Hit Hardest Share of Income Spent on Housing Share of Income Spent on Transportation 32% 35% 33% 22% 31% 37% In Central City Near Other Employment Center Away From Employment Center Households $20,000 to $35,000 Households $35,000 to $50,000 Source: Center for Neighborhood Technologies Note: Employment Centers are job locations with no less than 5,000 jobs. 54% 66% 70% 39% 49% 51% In Central City Near Other Employment Center Away From Employment Center 16% 23% 26% 23% 26% 25%
Our high levels of driving impacts our health.
Source: Victoria Transport Policy Institute, 2005 Health Effects: Traffic Fatality Rates
Automobiles create more polluted air than any other source. Although technology has significantly reduced auto emissions, dramatic increases in the number of vehicle miles traveled has overwhelmed the advances.
American Lung Association gave Bexar County Air an “F” for its level of ground-level ozone in its last study of air quality.
We pay for health care cost of treating children and adults with asthma and other cardiovascular disease, in addition to the economic costs of lost class time for students and work days for adults.
Health Effects: Air Pollution
Old sources of funding are drying up.
Current Funding Streams
Texas lost $1 billion in federal highway cutbacks in the last two years.
San Antonio has zero dollars available to improve its transportation infrastructure over the next 10 years.
Current Funding Streams: Fed Hwy Trust Fund
Local governments are attempting to set new priorities: Mayor’s Sustainable Development Plan & County Judge/Mayor Transportation Task Force.
VIA is exploring light rail using an existing line.
State legislators will consider expanding local taxing or fee authority to invest in transportation infrastructure.
State legislation will include a menu of taxing and fee options that require a vote of the locals.
What ideas made an impression on you?
What changes do you think should be made in our transportation system?
If a local tax or fee were proposed to improve our transportation system, would you support it? Why or why not?