Transportation

The Source - May 1, 2014
12:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Source: Is San Antonio A Cyclist-Friendly City?

Credit Nan Palmero http://bit.ly/1iHGDRR

This Friday, downtown dwellers are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to work as part of the 18th annual Walk and Roll Rally, but is San Antonio a bicycle friendly town?

Does San Antonio have the infrastructure, awareness and smarts to support a vibrant cycling community? And what does a city with that look like?

Guests:

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Transportation
1:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Despite Judge's Ruling, SAPD To Continue Enforcing Vehicle-For-Hire Ordinance

SAPD will continue enforcing city vehicle-for-hire ordinances despite a Houston judge's decision not to issue a restraining order against Lyft and Uber, which purport to be ride-sharing programs.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio Police will continue to enforce the city's vehicle-for-hire ordinance despite a ruling by a Houston judge that allows the so-called ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber to continue operation.

This week U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore declined to issue a temporary restraining order against Lyft and Uber.

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The Source - April 16, 2014
11:47 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Source: Is The Surcharge Intended To Reduce Bad Driving Failing?

Flickr user Emad Ghazipura cc

More than a billion dollars was collected by the Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program in its 11 years  of existence. 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. 

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Environment
10:13 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Under New EPA Standard, San Antonio May Fall Into "Non-Attainment" With Clean Air Act

If the city falls into "non-attainment" status under the new EPA regulations, vehicles may have to be tested annually for emissions.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

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.

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.

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Community
12:18 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Houston Judge To Hear Taxi Drivers Case Against Ride-Sharing Companies

Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

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.

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The Source - April 7, 2014
12:47 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Source: Should Lyft Conform To City Ordinance?

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Flickr user Garrett Heath of SA Flavor cc

San Antonio Police have made their position clear; Lyft 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.

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Community
11:12 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Lyft Drivers Still Operating, Despite Cease-And-Desist Order

Lyft driver Terri Richardson sports the company's signature pink mustache on the front of her car during a recent shift.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Police have issued a cease-and-desist order for drivers of a so-called ride sharing program called Lyft.

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.

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City Ordinances
11:14 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Targeted By SAPD, Lyft Ride Service Will Still Be Seen Around San Antonio

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Flickr user Garrett Heath of SA Flavor cc

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announced Wednesday that drivers for the company Lyft were breaking a city ordinance and would be arrested if caught.

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.

The city outlined their concerns in a recent email to TPR:

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Transportation
10:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

New VIA Board Appointees Sound Off On Streetcar Project

VIA Metropolitan Transit

Bexar County commissioners have appointed Rebecca Q. Cedillo and Bobby Perez to the county seats on the 11-member VIA Board.

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.

Cedillo said the proposed streetcar is a city issue, not a county issue, but she supports it.

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Transportation
1:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

VIA Seeking Streetcar Funding From Federal Transit Administration

VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Transit is preparing grants to secure federal funding for its proposed streetcar project. Now 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.

After hundreds of committee meetings, four public meetings, and an array of route configurations, VIA finalized its streetcar plan, allowing it to move forward with requests for grant applications.

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