Land Use and Transportation

Vision: San Antonio's future growth is sustainable and efficient, focusing on strategic development that is compact, mixed-use, economically-inclusive, and multi-modal.

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Transportation

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.

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Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is a measurement that estimates the total amount of miles each vehicle within a certain area travels within a given period of time.
VMTVehicle Miles Traveled

2010

21 miles

2015

24 miles

2040 - Goal

19 miles

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!

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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. In 2017, our buses were used over 26 million times! Find out where your closest stop is!

VIA

Transportation

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).

Transportation

The Benefits of Biking in San Antonio

Watch this video for Mayor Nirenberg's thoughts on the importance of biking in San Antonio.

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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!

Learn more about our Walkable Community Program

Transportation

The Future of Our Transit

Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff have recently created ConnectSA, a non-profit organization who will work with VIA collecting community input on the future of the transit system in San Antonio. They will also be responsible for educating the public about how we can expect San Antonio to grow and how our transportation systems need to be developed to ensure that our people can get from place to place safely, economically, and quickly.

Check out our fact sheet for more information about ConnectSA.

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Transportation

Electric Vehicles

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.

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.


San Antonio has an interactive map that shows you where all our bike facilities are!

Interactive Bike Map
Find out where you can park your bike downtown!

San Antonio Bike Parking
Check out the best place for biking and walking in San Antonio.

San Antonio Bicycle & Pedestrian Maps & Trails
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Land Use and Transportation - Land Use

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.

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While housing alone is traditionally deemed affordable when consuming no more than 30% of income, the H+T Index incorporates transportation costs—usually a household’s second-largest expense—to show that location-efficient places can be more livable and affordable.
%Percent of Income Spent on Housing and Transportation

2010

Score: 49

2017

Score: 48

2040- Goal

Score: 35

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.

bikes

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.

Check out the San Antonio Comprehensive Plan to learn more

Land Use and Transportation - Land Use

San Antonio Walk Score

San Antonio is the 35th most walkable large city in the USA. With a score of 38, we're just behind Austin who has a score of 40. 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.

Click on each year to see how we look to improve. 

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!

Map of San Antonio for Place Types