By Morgan Montalvo
State transportation planners are reaching out for public comment as they develop plans to accommodate growth in Texas through the year 2050, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
On Tuesday evening Texas Department of Transportation officials hosted a community information session at the agency's San Antonio offices on Northwest Loop 410. The capacity public presentation followed an afternoon briefing for area elected leaders.
Public input is central to TxDoT's long-term infrastructure planning, says local agency spokesman Hernan Rozemberg, and includes more than freeways.
"We're talking about freight, we're talking about railway, we're talking about waterways, pedestrian, bikes,"says Rozemberg. "We want to incorporate everything. A lot of times I think people feel like their input or their way of seeing things is left out. So, we want everybody to have a say."
Attendee Markeis McCray, a Houston native who now calls the Alamo City home, says San Antonio could benefit from adopting his hometown's attitude toward mass transit.
"A lot of people just don't see why we would need it but, personally, after seeing how effective it has made Houston it's great, because it can alleviate small traffic from the highway so we can move around," says McCray.
Demographers estimate Texas will add more than one million additional residents by 2040.
TxDoT is planning another round of public input session for the summer, and next month will launch virtual workshops for online viewing and public comment, Rozemberg says.
PHOTO: Last night's Texas Dept. of Transportation open house on agency initiatives and regional infrastructure improvements featured information tables and video presentations. The agency will host another community input workshop in the summer. Photo by Morgan Montalvo