Transportation

Amid low gas prices and a stronger economy, Americans are driving more than ever before, with new federal government figures showing traffic volumes are at an all-time high.

However, there is a downside to this resurgence of driving: increased traffic congestion and pollution.

New data from the Federal Highway Administration show that Americans drove a record 3.15 trillion vehicle miles last year — that's the equivalent of traveling from Earth to Pluto and back 337 times.

From Texas Standard:

Traffic, congestion, delayed drive times – problems Texans know all too well.

The state's population boom has lawmakers and transportation officials scrambling to alleviate traffic issues. Last session the Legislature passed a constitutional amendment diverting millions from Texas' Rainy Day Fund into transportation projects. While one easy answer to our transportation woes is to build more roads, not everyone agrees.

 


From Texas Standard:

The longest state constitution in the nation is about to get longer. Texan voters passed all seven proposed amendments to the constitution.

One amendment aims to fix a problem most all Texans are familiar with: transportation. The state's growing population might be good for the economy, but hasn't done the roadways many favors.


Nathan Cone / TPR

The video below was taken at 8:30 a.m. on October 1, 2015, traveling east to west. It begins near the Martinez Tire Shop at O’Connor and IH-35 and ends in the parking lot of the H-E-B at IH-10 and Wurzbach. It took about 20 minutes to drive the route, and as you can see, traffic starts to back up as soon as the Parkway ends at NW Military Drive! Luckily, we hit some green lights traveling east through Lockhill-Selma and Vance Jackson. 

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

  

Residents of suburban developments are sometimes the most likely to find themselves stuck without a ride when they need one. Established San Antonio neighborhoods outside Loop 1604 and across from UTSA next week will get a taste of what ride-sharing services could mean for them.

Limited options and the need to see transportation evolve prompted District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg to invite suburban residents next Wednesday to meet with Lyft representatives and learn more about ride-booking services. 

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