Alamo Area Accessible Transportation

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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 November 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:  

  • AACOG's Regional Mobility Manager Receives Promotion as the Director of the Alamo Area Agency on Aging
  • VIA Provides Seniors Free Rides to Jimenez Dinner
  • VIA Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
  • City of San Antonio Public Hearing, 12/10/2014
  • Flying for the Holidays?  Call TSA for Assistance
  • MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Survey
  • The Changing American Commute
  • TxDot's "Roadcents" Web App
  • HealthBus and Well Waldo's Wheels

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

AACOG's Regional Mobility Manager Receives Promotion as Director of the Alamo Area Agency on Aging


Earlier this month, Rose Ryan was selected as AACOG's Alamo Area Agency on Aging Director. 

She will be responsible for the administration of the Alamo Area Agency on Aging programs and services in the twelve (12) rural counties of the AACOG region, including; development, implementation and expansion of a comprehensive plan for services to senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Ms. Ryan was presented a Certificate of Appreciation by ART Director, William L. Moseley, for her invaluable service in the area of transportation serving residents in the AACOG Region.
VIA To Provide Seniors Free Rides to Jimenez Dinner

Senior citizens who ride the bus to this year's Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner will get an added treat: a free ride. 


On Thanksgiving Day, November 27, VIA will allow people 55 years of age and older to ride free if they are going to or coming from the Jimenez Dinner at the Convention Center.


The free rides are good for both regular line service and VIAtrans service for registered patrons. When boarding, riders will need to inform the bus or van operator that they are attending the dinner, and they will need to present identification with proof of age.

VIA Holiday Schedule for Thanksgiving

In observance of Thanksgiving, VIA Metropolitan Transit buses, streetcars, and information centers will operate on the following special schedules:

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Bus routes - "Sunday" schedule
Information line (210) 362-2020 - CLOSED
All information centers - CLOSED


Friday, November 28, 2014
Bus routes - "Saturday" schedule
Information line (210) 362-2020; 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Downtown Information Center - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
All other information centers - CLOSED                     

City of San Antonio
Notice of Public Hearing

A City of San Antonio Naming Committee will hold a Public Hearing regarding the naming of the Senior Center facility located at 6157 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas. 

Consistent with the City's naming process for buildings established to serve a City function, a public hearing has been scheduled for: 

WHEN:     Wednesday, December 10, 2014

TIME:       3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Alicia Treviņo  Lopez Senior Center

8353 Culebra Road

San Antonio, Texas 78251

During this hearing, the Naming Committee will consider the two names submitted for consideration: 


District 7 Senior Center


Doris Griffin Senior One Stop Center

Doris Griffin is a longtime resident of Council District 7 and an advocate for senior issues.  She serves as the Executive Director of the non-profit Jefferson Outreach which is dedicated to the betterment of seniors' quality of life through services that help them remain at home, and is a member of the Texas Silver Haired Legislature and the Alamo Area Council of Governments - Bexar Senior Advisory Committee.


A written response in favor of or against either, or both, of the suggested names may be submitted to Mr. Roger Gonzalez, Senior Management Analyst, department of Human Services, 106 S. St. Mary's Street, 7th Floor, San Antonio, Texas 78205.

For more information, see attached flyer or you may also call Roger Gonzales, Senior Management Analyst at (210) 207-4365.

COSA Public Hearing Flyer

Flying for the Holidays?  Call TSA for Assistance

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a help line to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. TSA recommends that passengers call 72 hours ahead of travel for information about what to expect during screening.

Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about

screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource specifically for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.


Travelers may also request a Passenger Support Specialist ahead of time by calling the TSA Cares

hotline at 1-855-787-2227.

Alamo Area MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Study Survey
The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is conducting a study on regional bicycle and pedestrian facilities and opportunities. This study will build on prior bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts for San Antonio, and include cities that are new members of the MPO.
Cities included in this study are Boerne, New Braunfels, San Antonio and Seguin. The purpose of this survey is to understand the needs and desires of the citizens that live within this region in regards to walking and bicycling.

The survey discusses issues related to pedestrians, bicyclists and a more detailed look at the area around the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.   Please take a few minutes to fill out all sections of this survey. Your opinions are important and your input will help guide the focus and recommendations of this study.


For more information, please visit their website at:  MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Study Survey.


The Changing American Commute

The Vanpool Works


Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) has released their Fall-Winter 2014 Digital Copy of their newsletter and it focuses on the changing American commute to work - with an emphasis on vanpooling and CTAA's new Vanpool Works product.


Vanpool Works is a collaborative effort to create and promote vanpool programs.  It provides business planning, technical assistance, financing, and other services.  It is also designed to provide organizations with the resources, information, products, services and skills necessary to efficiently start-up or expand a vanpool program of any size.



Roadcents Web App


The Texas Department of Transportation offers its new "Roadcents" Web app to reduce air pollution and keep vehicles well-maintained.
As part of its "Drive Clean Texas" campaign, TxDOT's "Roadcents" smartphone web app helps drivers save money at the pump and keep their vehicles road-ready.  Along with helpful hints for keeping vehicles operating efficiently, it also offers tips for reducing tailpipe emissions that contribute to air pollution.
For more information, please Click Here!

Healthbus and Well Waldo's Wheels

Free Transportation


Methodist Healthcare is offering transportation to persons residing in certain ZIP codes.  It will provide transportation to visit doctors who are on the medical staff of Northeast Methodist Hospital and Metropolitan Methodist Hospital. 


To learn more about this transportation, or to schedule your ride, please call (210) 647-7433. 


Transportation Flyer

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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.