Residents will have a forum to voice their concerns and ideas for multimodal transportation plans in San Antonio during the SA Tomorrow Virtual Town Hall on Monday, Nov. 30. Multimodal transportation is one of three prongs of SA Tomorrow, the planning initiative designed to prepare San Antonio for the additional one million residents who are expected to move to the city by 2040.
The event will allow the public to discuss issues online or in person at one of four viewing sites located around the city. The Virtual Town Hall will will be set up on a screen at four locations, and give participants the opportunity to engage with a host and leader from their community. Viewing site locations include: St. Philip’s College Heritage Room, Johnston Branch Library Meeting Room, Pan American Library Meeting Room and the VIA Administrative Board Room at 900 W. Myrtle.
“People will have the opportunity to participate in building the SA Tomorrow Plan by sharing their thoughts on what makes our streets better, as well as other transportation options,” Councilmember Ron Nirenberg (D8), a SA Tomorrow Tri-Chair, stated in a news release. “These ideas will help steer the planners as they develop the various concepts for consideration in the Multimodal Transportation Plan.”
Other Virtual Town Hall panelists include Councilmember Ray Lopez (D6), who serves as the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Chair, and two other SA Tomorrow Tri-Chairs, Afamia Elnakat, Ph.D., and Darryl Byrd. Elnakat represents the UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, which partners with the community to find and implement alternative energy options. Byrd, previously the president and CEO for SA2020, is now the managing principal of Ultrate Consulting. Eileen Pace of Texas Public Radio will serve as the Virtual Town Hall moderator.
“Part of the magic of this virtual town hall is that we won’t be giving formal speeches or presentations,” Lopez stated. “Instead, we want to give people the opportunity to join the conversation about transportation, and talk about their favorite streets and what we could do better in San Antonio to make our streets more appealing. We also want to hear and discuss what we should change, get rid of, or adopt in the design of our streets.”
Click here to register for the free Virtual Town Hall event, which will be hosted from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at locations throughout the city. To request translation services or special accommodations, call Sonia Jimenez at 210-354-2925 no later than Nov. 25.
*Top Image: Passengers board a VIA bus in downtown San Antonio. Photo by Iris Dimmick.