San Antonio Mobility Coalition
The San Antonio Mobility Coalition is a non-profit corporation organized in 2001 to identify and advocate multi-modal transportation funding solutions for the San Antonio Metropolitan Area. SAMCo members include the Alamo RMA, Bexar County, City of San Antonio, VIA Metropolitan Transit, major San Antonio headquartered corporations, chambers of commerce, the transportation construction and supply industry, the real estate development community, the financial sector, consulting engineers and other interested organizations.
The coalition was borne out of a need to remain competitive with other Texas cities and to address a significant transportation funding shortfall in the San Antonio region.
SAMCo is organized as a public-private partnership providing continuity and legitimacy through its public partners as well as ingenuity through itsprivate partners.
The SAMCo partnership’s advocacy efforts have resulted in more than $2.2 billion in new transportation projects for the region since 2004 including:
- $418 million – Highway acceleration package for the San Antonio region approved by the Texas Transportation Commission in 2006 for portions of IH 410N, IH 410S, IH 35, IH 10, Blanco Road, and Culebra Road. As a result, eight priority highway projects were let in 2006 and 2007, advancing these projects by up to 11 years.
- $316 million – Advanced Transportation District (ATD) and 1/4 cent sales tax approved by voters in November 2004 to leverage City, VIA, and TxDOT projects. [Note: Total is through August 2012]
- $647 million -City of San Antonio bond programs for street and sidewalk projects approved in 2007 and 2012 (84 projects).
- $302 million – Federal stimulus (ARRA) and Proposition 12 projects secured in 2008 and 2009, including $140 million for the US 281/Loop 1604 Interchange and $130 million for Wurzbach Parkway.
- $178 million – Proposition 12 bond funds secured in 2011 for projects in the region, including upgrades to IH 35 North.
- $55 million – Federal grants, appropriations and earmarks.
For a complete list of project funding successfully advocated for by SAMCo, visit www.samcoinc.org/projects.html.
Since its inception, SAMCo has advocated in Austin and Washington, DC for new transportation funding tools; actively supported development of Loop 1604 and US 281 projects; helped VIA secure funding and approval to expedite delivery of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Downtown Streetcar; helped secure stimulus funding for the US 281 Superstreet and US 281/Loop 1604 connectors; advocated for rail relocation and safety programs; organized delegation presentations before the Texas Transportation Commission and various legislative committees; and hosted several major community forums and a luncheon series on emerging transportation topics.
In 2013 and beyond, SAMCo will continue to aggressively pursue additional transportation funding and tools at the federal, state, regional, and local levels.