Growing Pains

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The U.S. Census Bureau recently named San Antonio as one of the 10 fastest growing, big cities in the country.  Area planners estimate one million more people will move to Bexar County in the next 25 years.

 

Texas Public Radio is taking a deeper look at the opportunities and hurdles that come with that growth in our project, “Growing Pains.”

 

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When the Lone Star Rail project fell apart last year, communities along I-35 were left looking for a new plan that would reduce travel time between San Antonio and Austin.  Now, they think they’ve found one. 

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This week our Texas Public Radio series “Stuck Behind The Wheel” is looking at how out growing population is affecting traffic congestion. Today we tackle the controversial issue of toll roads. San Antonio is the biggest city in Texas without toll roads or carpool lanes, but that may be about to change.

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As San Antonio prepares to add more than 1.6 million new residents it holds the distinction of being the largest city in the country without a rail system to move them. 

This week Texas Public Radio’s Growing Pains Project is looking at options in a series of stories we’re calling, “Stuck Behind the Wheel.”

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Here are a few facts guaranteed to get your attention:  

The San Antonio area adds 146 new residents every day, and they’re bringing their cars.

A 50 minute drive today is expected to take 91 minutes in 2040.  

By then, 39 percent of our roadways will be severely congested all day long.

This week Texas Public Radio’s “Growing Pains” project takes a look at options for getting ahead of the traffic jam,  with a series of reports, “Stuck Behind The Wheel.” We start by looking at how San Antonio’s primary form of mass transit could be part of the solution. 

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The San Antonio region is expected to add 1.6 million new residents by 2040- the equivalent of another city the size of San Antonio. Traffic tie-ups already plague drivers, and studies predict the current number of roadways experiencing all-day congestion will jump from 3.5 percent to almost 39 percent. VIA Metropolitan Transit and the city are among agencies examining possible solutions. 

Beginning Tuesday Texas Public Radio 89.1 takes a look the strategies:

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