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October 16, 2020
San Antonio Express-News

Andrews-Sullivan: VIA transit plan vital to post-COVID economy

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October 16, 2020
San Antonio Express-News

Commentary: VIA plan offers route out of inequity

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October 9, 2020
San Antonio Expres-News

Commentary: No Economic Mobility without Robust Transit

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September 29, 2020
KSAT

Bexar Facts Poll Finds Majority Support for All 3 Propositions on November Ballot in San Antonio

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What is on the November 2020 General Election Ballot? Expand

The initiative on the Nov. 3 ballot reallocates a 1/8-cent sales tax to transit beginning in 2026 without increasing the current tax rate of 8.25%. If approved by voters, the 1/8-cent tax would generate additional revenues that would be used to implement initiatives in VIA’s Keep SA Moving plan.

What is the Keep SA Moving plan? Expand

The Keep SA Moving plan is designed to improve the transit and mobility network by connecting more people to more places with fast, frequent and reliable service. The plan includes:

  • Enhanced bus system that connects people to places of interest
  • A more direct network for new and experienced riders
  • Increased frequencies in busiest corridors
  • More evening, late-night and weekend service
  • Planning for ART, a high-frequency network of dedicated lanes conveying high-capacity vehicles
  • New infrastructure projects attracting increased federal investment
There are three sales tax items on the ballot. How are they related? Expand

VIA and the City of San Antonio are aligned in presenting two voting options for the 1/8-cent sales tax that will allow investments in workforce assistance and education programs, as well as long-term investment in our public transit network.

VIA and the City will have separate initiatives on the ballot. The City measure asks voters to consider shifting the 1/8-cent sales tax to promote economic recovery by funding workforce assistance and education programs through 2025. If VIA’s transit initiative is approved, the sales tax would then be reallocated to VIA in perpetuity starting in 2026.

The third measure on the ballot seeks to reauthorize funding of the Pre-K 4 SA program in the City of San Antonio.

Why is the sales tax for VIA’s Advanced Transportation District, if approved by voters, the agency’s “in perpetuity?” Expand

 In the 1970s, the Texas Legislature created state laws that authorized the creation of metropolitan transit agencies (MTAs) and created a funding structure – up to 1 cent of local sales tax. MTAs operate large transit networks that rely primarily on funding from local sales tax. In creating the legal infrastructure for MTAs, The Texas Legislature did not include a path for rescinding funding for them because they provide a public service and require funding certainty to cover recurring operating costs. MTAs could not adequately plan or execute services if their funding sources were uncertain.

Can I vote for one, two or all three measures on the ballot? Expand

Citizens can vote for one, two or all three of the sales tax measures on the November ballot. Pre-K4SA, the City’s workforce recovery plan, and Keep SA Moving are three separate ballot items. Voting to support or oppose any one item will not affect the other items – and none of the initiatives amounts to an increase in the current sales tax rate in San Antonio.

What is the Advanced Transportation District? Expand

On Nov. 2, 2004, voters in San Antonio approved the formation of the Advanced Transportation District, or ATD. This district uses a quarter-cent sales tax to fund transportation improvement projects carried out by VIA, the City of San Antonio, and the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT. VIA receives half of the ATD revenues to enhance local public transportation services, and the other half is split between the city and TxDOT for improving streets, highways, and related transportation infrastructure.