Transportation http://tpr.org en The Source: Is The Surcharge Intended To Reduce Bad Driving Failing? http://tpr.org/post/source-surcharge-intended-reduce-bad-driving-failing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>More than a billion dollars was collected by the Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program in its 11 years. The program, administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety, levies additional -- some argue exceedingly high -- costs on serial driving offenders, the uninsured, and those caught drinking and driving.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:47:04 +0000 Paul Flahive 30142 at http://tpr.org The Source: Is The Surcharge Intended To Reduce Bad Driving Failing? Under New EPA Standard, San Antonio May Fall Into "Non-Attainment" With Clean Air Act http://tpr.org/post/under-new-epa-standard-san-antonio-may-fall-non-attainment-clean-air-act <p>The race is on for this area to stay in compliance with federal guidelines on air quality but local leaders are being pushed up against huge obstacles.</p><p>The biggest hurdle may be complying with a lower Environmental Protection Agency standard, currently set at 75 parts per billion. San Antonio is just outside that number, while technically still in attainment of the Clean Air Act.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:13:39 +0000 Ryan Loyd 30077 at http://tpr.org Under New EPA Standard, San Antonio May Fall Into "Non-Attainment" With Clean Air Act Houston Judge To Hear Taxi Drivers Case Against Ride-Sharing Companies http://tpr.org/post/houston-judge-hear-taxi-drivers-case-against-ride-sharing-companies <p>A U.S. District Judge in Houston has been assigned the case of cab drivers against two so-called ride sharing programs. The case stems from a lawsuit filed on behalf taxi drivers in San Antonio and Houston earlier in the week.</p><p>The Houston attorney representing the taxi drivers, Martyn Hill, who practices corporate law, said Thursday he would like to hear the companies, Lyft and Uber, tell the court what he said their services really are: vehicles for hire.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:18:53 +0000 Ryan Loyd 29897 at http://tpr.org Houston Judge To Hear Taxi Drivers Case Against Ride-Sharing Companies The Source: Should Lyft Conform To City Ordinance? http://tpr.org/post/source-should-lyft-conform-city-ordinance <p>San Antonio Police have made their position clear;&nbsp;Lyft&nbsp;drivers will be stopped in the city when they are caught. Lyft, the app-driven, car-for-hire service, describes itself as a ride-sharing program, and is therefore not subject to the city's current ordinance, which includes fees and additional regulations.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:47:56 +0000 Paul Flahive 29633 at http://tpr.org The Source: Should Lyft Conform To City Ordinance? Lyft Drivers Still Operating, Despite Cease-And-Desist Order http://tpr.org/post/lyft-drivers-still-operating-despite-cease-and-desist-order <p>San Antonio Police have issued a cease-and-desist order for drivers of a so-called ride sharing program called Lyft.</p><p>But that hasn't stopped them, and instead they are rolling forward full throttle. For passengers, taking a Lyft is easy. A rider must download the app to their smartphone, enter their credit card information and phone number, and request the ride. A driver, whose car is marked with a pink mustache, will typically pull up to the rider's location within 15 minutes, and off they go.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:12:54 +0000 Ryan Loyd 29623 at http://tpr.org Lyft Drivers Still Operating, Despite Cease-And-Desist Order Targeted By SAPD, Lyft Ride Service Will Still Be Seen Around San Antonio http://tpr.org/post/targeted-sapd-lyft-ride-service-will-still-be-seen-around-san-antonio <p>San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announced Wednesday that <a href="http://www.lyft.me/" target="_blank">drivers for the company Lyft</a> were breaking a city ordinance and would be arrested if caught.</p><ul><li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4yHnbgE5ocJYTJlYTVJRGdBU3M/edit?usp=sharing" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Read the city ordinance here</a></li></ul><p>The taxi-like program works by matching drivers to people needing rides through their app. It launched in San Antonio less than a week ago.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:14:33 +0000 Paul Flahive 29087 at http://tpr.org Targeted By SAPD, Lyft Ride Service Will Still Be Seen Around San Antonio New VIA Board Appointees Sound Off On Streetcar Project http://tpr.org/post/new-board-appointees-sound-streetcar-project <p>Bexar County commissioners have appointed Rebecca Q. Cedillo and Bobby Perez to the county seats on the 11-member VIA Board.</p><p>Cedillo is the former chief of water resources for SAWS and a former city planner. She said the issues important to her include ensuring adequate infrastructure to keep up with growth in the outlying areas of the county.</p><p>Cedillo said the proposed streetcar is a city issue, not a county issue, but she supports it.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:00:52 +0000 Eileen Pace 28917 at http://tpr.org New VIA Board Appointees Sound Off On Streetcar Project VIA Seeking Streetcar Funding From Federal Transit Administration http://tpr.org/post/seeking-streetcar-funding-federal-transit-administration <p>VIA Transit is preparing grants to secure federal funding for its proposed streetcar project. N<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ow that the Federal Transit Administration has given its stamp of approval to the streetcar plan, several federal funding sources have become available to help it along.</span></p><p>After hundreds of committee meetings, four public meetings, and an array of route configurations, VIA finalized its streetcar plan, allowing it to&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">move forward with requests for grant applications.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:18:06 +0000 Eileen Pace 27806 at http://tpr.org VIA Seeking Streetcar Funding From Federal Transit Administration The Source: Improving San Antonio's Highway System http://tpr.org/post/source-improving-san-antonios-highway-system <p>An $825 million plan from the Texas Department of Transportation to improve Interstate 10 and Highways 1604 and US 281 is in the works.</p><p>The focus of the effort is to add lanes -- including toll lanes. San Antonio is the last major metropolitan city in Texas without tolls, and the effort to toll has spurred vocal opponents.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:14:03 +0000 Paul Flahive 27686 at http://tpr.org The Source: Improving San Antonio's Highway System San Antonio-Bexar County MPO Seeking Regional Public Input On Growth Plans http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-bexar-county-mpo-seeking-regional-public-input-growth-plans <p>The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization is in the midst of its second round of public meetings to plan for the next 25 years of regional transportation needs.</p><p>With new census numbers bringing in large populations from surrounding areas, regional road planning is necessary to accommodate all the expected traffic growth from an additional 1.5 million residents by 2040.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:56:04 +0000 Eileen Pace 27421 at http://tpr.org San Antonio-Bexar County MPO Seeking Regional Public Input On Growth Plans