This week in Just This, Rick and I discuss Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s announcement that he and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff have formed a new nonprofit, ConnectSA, to help drum up public awareness of, and to advocate for, mass transit solutions in the San Antonio region.

Rivard Report Managing Editor and City Hall reporter Iris Dimmick reported that former Mayor Henry Cisneros, outgoing VIA Board Chair Hope Andrade, and former City Attorney Jane Macon will serve as chairs for the ConnectSA board, which also will include 20 to 25 County, City, business, and community leaders. The nonprofit group will review and consider various mass transit options as the City seeks to plan for significant traffic growth and congestion over the next two decades.

We talk about the process and politics behind developing voter buy-in for long-term mass transit projects when “smart” technology can make solutions outdated before they are built. And we look at two other stories worth your read.

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Beth Frerking

Beth Frerking

Beth Frerking is the former editor-in-chief of the Rivard Report.

Rick Casey

Rick Casey

Rick Casey's career spans four decades of award-winning reporting on San Antonio. He previously worked as a metro columnist for the former San Antonio Light and, later, the San Antonio Express-News.