Mobility—one’s ability to move or be moved freely and easily—puts opportunity within reach for thousands of San Antonians, every day. Historically and increasingly, it helps bridge gaps in economic and geographic segregation to uplift communities and drive equity. Limited access to affordable, reliable transit options limits not just how far we can go, but how far we can reach for better jobs, education, services and more.
The COVID-19 crisis shined a light on the true extent of San Antonio’s reliance on transit and its role in addressing these issues. Any strategy to address inequity in our community must include transit riders—on average, a person of color who takes the bus to work, doesn’t have a car, and has an income below the poverty line. The same people who have been locked out of our wage, education, and health advantages would also lack the physical access they need, without accessible, affordable transit options.
In November, voters approved funding for VIA’s Keep SA Moving plan designed to move more people, faster, connect more people to jobs, and help address issues with frequency, reliability, and access to public transit service in San Antonio. Join VIA and our panel of local thought leaders and innovators in an interactive discussion about how and why we can drive equity through mobility in San Antonio.