Joe Krier

San Antonio is expected to make its first financial commitment to building the Lone Star Rail line next week when city council members vote for a budget that includes $500,000 for the project.  

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s airport director told city council members Wednesday that a net 300,000 passengers who used to fly out of the San Antonio International Airport are now driving to Austin for flights.

It’s another bit of data that adds fuel to concerns that San Antonio’s airport may have lost its competitive edge to Austin. 

As part of our project, Growing Pains, Texas Public Radio continues our report on the San Antonio Airport, with the results of what an analyst found when we asked him to compare its ticket prices with that of other cities. 

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Last week the Office of Sustainability came under fire unexpectedly from District 9 city council member Joe Krier.

The suburban Krier has called for the elimination of the office.

The office is tasked with improving alternative transportation, like helping the city's popular B-cycle program expand, as well as energy conservation and sustainability projects. 

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The debate is heating up over San Antonio Police Chief William McManus' proposal to tighten the city's panhandling ordinance.

The issue, which was presented to the council's public safety committee in early September, will again be heard by the same committee in October. But it's not being received well by some sitting members of the committee.

District 9 Councilman Joe Krier believes that the ordinance may be at odds with freedom of speech and that people can express their right to give a buck to someone if they want.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

An amendment to the city charter regarding a public vote for future streetcar and lightrail funding is heading to the city council.

A governance committee comprised of Mayor Ivy Taylor and four council members voted to approve the one sentence amendment. The first step of putting the streetcar amendment on the ballot has passed.

Abbreviated, it states that any grant of permission to alter or damage any public way for streetcar or lightrail tracks or any funds or bonds appropriated for such projects must be approved by a majority of voters.