Alamo Area Accessible Transportation

& Mobility News

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Alamo Area Accessible Transportation Coalition Initiative (AAATCI)
Our vision for accessible transportation in the Alamo Area is to ensure that all seniors and people with disabilities have safe, least restrictive and barrier free access to affordable transportation to meet personal needs.
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Welcome to the October 2014 Edition of the Alamo Area Accessible Transportation & Mobility Newsletter, a forum to inform our community about accessible transportation and discuss opportunities for improvements 


This month's topics of interest:  

  • Public Transportation EXPO 2014 - Houston, TX
  • Alamo Area MPO to Host Series of Public Meetings
  • Your Opinion Matters - Select Your Top 5 Projects
  • VIA Directing State Funds to Mobility Projects
  • Veterans Mobile Apps:  Coaching on the Go
  • New Veteran Online Campus
  • Jewish Family Services Offers Mental Health Services
  • SAMMinistries 2014 Fall Conference
  • Transportation Access and Mobility Legislation
  • 2014 AccessAbility Fest
  • ADA Assistance at Polling Places

We encourage your feedback and contributions each month!  Please forward any information you would like to share.

American Public Transportation Association EXPO 2014

Don't miss public transportation's premier event -- EXPO 2014 -- Monday, October 13 - Wednesday, October 15.  This EXPO takes place once every three years!

EXPO 2014 is the world's largest public transportation exhibition.  More than 750 exhibiting companies will fill the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, from fare collection systems and sanitation systems to interior and track accessories.   EXPO 2014 has every public transportation product and service on display.

For more information, please visit:

Earlier this year U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx promised to present Congress with a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal.  

As a result of this, The GROW AMERICA Act was unveiled. 


To read more about what the GROW AMERICA Act can do, please visit their website at:


Courtesy of United States Department of Transportation
Alamo Area MPO to Host Series of Public Meetings for Mobility 2040
The Alamo Area MPO will hold be hosting a final series of public meetings in support of the region's long range multi-modal transportation plan update.  

Click on attached:   MPO Flyer

In addition to attending public meetings, comments are welcome at any time through letters, e-mail, Facebook, phone calls or personal visits.  

If you need additional information, please call the MPO at:
(210) 227-8651 or email at  

You may also visit the website at:
Not Able to Attend the Alamo Area MPO Meetings? 

 Your Opinion Matters!

Select Your Top 5
Transportation Projects Below

In order to complete the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan update process, your input is needed regarding priority projects.   If you are not able to attend the final series of the Alamo Area MPO public meetings, below you will find a survey that contains a list of projects, referred to as the Short List of Projects being considered for inclusion in the 2040 Plan. 

Please look at this list and the corresponding map that shows the location and limits of the projects. Then identify your top five priority projects by numbering them from 1 to 5 with 1 indicating the project you feel is most important for the four county region. Be sure to only identify a total of five project priorities.


Your rankings will be considered by the MPO Technical Advisory Committee and Transportation Policy Board when deciding which projects to include in the 2040 Plan.

To take this survey, please Click Here!

VIA Directs State Funds to Mobility Projects

The VIA Board of Trustees approved the programming of

$92 million from the Texas Department of Transportation for the development of capital projects to benefit current transit users and to attract new riders.

Funds will be used to help pay for passenger-oriented facility improvements and to accelerate several projects under the SmartMove initiative and in the larger Long Range Comprehensive Transportation Plan.  These projects will improve mobility throughout the Bexar County region and encourage economic development.

Please see attached project list:  VIA Directs State Funds Flyer.

Veterans Coaching Service
Mobile Apps:  Coaching on the Go

Coaching Into Care provides a "coaching" service for family and friends of Veterans who see that a Veteran in their life needs help. Coaching involves helping the caller figure out how to motivate the Veteran to seek services.  The service is free and provided by licensed clinical social workers and psychologists. The goal of the service is to help the Veteran and family members find the appropriate services in their community.


To learn more about the Mobile Apps, please click on the icons listed below.


PTSD Coach
Concussion Coach

Veteran Parenting

My Military Life
New Veteran Online Campus


New to MYVEHU Campus?  Enrolling takes just a few minutes. 

Visit and click the ENROLL icon at the bottom of the page.  Included are step-by-step instructions explaining how to enroll.


If you need any assistance, please contact MyVeHU Campus Helpdesk at or call (423) 979-4368.

For more information, please visit their website at:



Did you know?  

Mental Health Services are available to Veterans, and the general public of all faiths, at the Jewish Family Service of San Antonio?  For more information on services and eligibility, please contact the caring professionals at:   



2014 Fall Conference:  Understanding the Realities of Homeless Veterans and Families

DATE:  Friday, November 7, 2014

TIME:   8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

PLACE:  Norris Conference Center, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd.,

San Antonio, Texas  78207


The conference is FREE for all participants and 5.0 CEUs and CNE's will be provided.  For more information, contact Dr. Robert Moreno, Director of Spiritual Services at or (210) 321-5651.


You may also register online at:


National Conference of State Legislatures Transportation Access and Mobility Legislation Database

NCSL's Transportation Access and Mobility Legislation Database provides up-to-date information about legislation in the states and territories that aims to improve transportation access and mobility for people who have challenges accessing transportation options due to income, disability or age.

The database covers 15 categories, including bills that address:

  • Targeted populations such as people with disabilities, older adults, recipients of state benefits including TANF and Medicaid, and veterans
  • Human service transportation coordinating councils, which aim to coordinate numerous, dispersed specialized programs across agencies and transportation providers
  • Special transit or paratransit services, accessible vehicles, non-emergency medical transportation and fee or fare waivers
  • Non-profits and NGOs  (including bills related to volunteer drivers)
  • The "other" category consists of all other bills, such as mobility management, ridesharing, insurance liability, consolidation of services, metrics and performance measures, regulations, oversight or incentives.

To learn more, please visit their website at:


New ADA Technical Assistance

Publication About Polling Place Access

for Voters with Disabilities


The Justice Department has published a new technical assistance publication about polling place access for voters with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 


The publication, "Solutions for Five Common ADA Access Problems at Polling Places," is intended to provide election officials with solutions for addressing common barriers for physical access to polling places for voters with disabilities.  The publication is available in HTML and PDF.


To find out more about the publication or the ADA Information Line

at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD), or access its website.

Permission to reproduce or reprint: Please feel free to forward this newsletter. However, if you wish to use any information marked "original" please contact the owner of that information, or Elena Hernandez.



AAATCI members include representatives from:


ADA Access Texas

Transit Users 
Transportation Engineers
Urban and Transportation Planners

Contact Us: to submit "Spotlight" stories, current events, article suggestions, data to share, best practices and/or with any comments or questions: or call (210)-362-5274.