The Path Forward
San Antonio’s future growth is being designed to be sustainable and efficient; to be a place where our community can easily get around in a safe, reliable, efficient, cost-effective, and healthy way. A comprehensive transportation network provides choices to people so they can determine how they move around the City. As an individual, these choices can have impacts on your wallet and your health. Collectively, these choices impact air quality and how much space is dedicated to moving people.
As the city grows and more people join our community, we’re rethinking how the transportation system works and what we can do to offer more transportation options. We know we can’t keep building roads, which can reduce the space we have for housing and green spaces and affect our air and water quality. These choices are critical to moving people, preserving our community, and mitigating impacts on our region’s resources.
2040 - Goal
San Antonio has a goal to reduce the amount each person travels in their vehicle each day.
This will be accomplished by expanding other transportation options. Read on to learn more!
Creating Safer Streets in San Antonio
San Antonio is planning to triple the amount of “complete streets” we will have in our City by 2040. “Complete streets” are those that enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel for every member of our community, regardless of age and ability and their preferred way of travel (biking, walking, public transportation, motor vehicle).
Did You Know?
San Antonio's public transportation system, VIA, has 95 routes and 6,621 stops in San Antonio? VIA's service area is over 1,226 square miles covering 98% of Bexar County. As of 2023, 8 new electric beses were added to the VIA fleet. Presently they're being piloted on 2 routes:
- Route 2 Blanco Frequent with Route 34 South St. Mary's Frequent
- Route 14 Perrin Beitel Skip with Route 44 Pleasnton
Whether you use these routes or not, riding with VIA is a sustainable alternative to driving a personal vehicle. Find out where your closest stop is so you can ride sustainably!
Advanced Rapid Transit is Coming to San Antonio!
Advanced Rapid Transit (ART) systems operate on dedicated bus lanes allowing for fast, frequent, and reliable public transit service. Through VIA's Keep SA Moving program, they are designing the region's first ART corridor - the VIA Rapid Green Line - which connects the North and South sides of San Antonio. The project is scheduled to be open to service starting in 2027.
Another proposed corridor - the VIA Rapid Silver Line - will connect the East and West sides.
Keep an eye on the project timeline and other important information at the Keep SA Moving ART website.
Did You Know About our Walkable Community Program?
The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization developed the Walkable Community Program which recognizes the need to plan for everyone and all modes of travel, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, pedestrian, wheelchair user, or transit rider. Sign up your community to participate!
The Benefits of Biking in San Antonio
Watch this video for Mayor Nirenberg's thoughts on the importance of biking in San Antonio. Biking is a sustainable alternative mode of transportation. And now, with e-bikes becoming even more popular and affordable, biking to run errands has never been easier!
SA Bike Network Needs Your Input
The SA Bike Network Plan will define a network of safe and comfortable bike facilities to connect us to the places we want to go and people we want to see.
The plan will guide how we build things like trails, bike lanes, and crossings and help identify where they are needed most.
To learn more about how you can get involved or to follow the plan progress, visit https://sabikenetwork.com/ and don't forget to take the survey!
Land Use & Transportation
Start Biking and Walking in San Antonio Today!
There are bike and walking routes all over San Antonio! Find out where they are below.
To reach our sustainability goals, not only do we need to reduce overall Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), we also need to use vehicles with cleaner fuel types, like electricity. The City of San Antonio recently launched EV-SA to unify our initiatives around electric vehicle plans, policies, and programs. Read more about the benefits of electric vehicles and how the City of San Antonio can help you make the transition.
Interested in an EV and not sure where to start? CPS Energy has a great tool to introduce you to the many EV models that are available for you to choose from.
Remember to explore the used EV market. Purchasing a pre-owned EV will save you money and help reduce waste and emissions.
Calculate Your Potential Fuel Savings
Use the tool to the right to calculate your yearly and long term fuel savings when you switch to an EV. By inputting some basic information like the current cost per gallon of gasoline and your current gasoline powered vehicle's miles per gallon, you can quickly compare costs! Give it a try, you might be surprised at the results!
Transitioning to a Sustainable, Electric Fleet
San Antonio is catalyzing the transition to electric vehicles for municipal operations. 19 Chevy Bolts were added to the City’s fleet in 2021. As part of the SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, San Antonio has committed to lead by example by converting fleet vehicles and trucks to more efficient options, with a priority on electrification. To support this, the City put in place the Sustainable Fleet Management & Acquisition Policy to ensure vehicle fleet purchasing aligns with San Antonio’s climate goals.
Land Use and Transportation - Land Use
How we use and develop our land in San Antonio impacts every one of our community members. We look at all the different needs our City has (like housing, business, open space) today and, as our community grows and changes, in the future. San Antonio is committed to guiding our growth and development, protecting our history and resources, and promoting an equitable and sustainable city accessible to all San Antonians.
By 2040, San Antonio aims to have residents spend no more than 35% of their income on housing and transportation -- creating a more affordable San Antonio for all families.
San Antonio has some work to do to meet our Housing and Transportation Index Goal.
By reaching this goal we will make our City a more affordable place to live.
We're planning on saving you money!
In San Antonio, the average household spends 23% of its income on transportation. This is equivalent to over $12,000 per year. Our City is developing plans that will allow more people to live and work in our regional centers and its surrounding neighborhoods. We are also improving our walking, biking, and transit options. The result will provide San Antonians with transportation options that won’t break the bank.
Land Use and Transportation - Land Use
San Antonio Walk Score
San Antonio is the 37th most walkable large city in the USA. With a score of 37, we're just behind Austin who has a score of 42. This measurement is important because it helps us understand how easy it is for our community members to get from their home to nearby services within a 30-minute walk. Our goal is to earn a score of 61 or more. This would mean our City is more walkable, allowing our community to have greater access to the things they need without having to get in their car.
Land Use and Transportation - Land Use
Explore Your Ideal Place Type!
San Antonio has identified 12 “Place Types” that show different ways we can ensure that all residents living in existing and new neighborhoods have safe and convenient access to jobs, housing, and a variety of amenities and basic services including great parks, strong schools, and convenient shopping and services. Explore the Place Types to see which places you might want to live!