VIA Board of Trustees Secretary Patricia Rodriguez has served on the VIA board since 2016 and recognizes the growing need for a public transit infrastructure that will help alleviate traffic congestion, as the population continues to grow in the San Antonio region.

Read her opinion piece, which was published in the June 3, 2018 edition of the San Antonio Express-News and online at

Fuller VIA funding is part of
our traffic congestion solution

Patricia Rodriguez, For the Express-News Published 12:00 am, Sunday, June 3, 2018

A new article by CityLab titled “Taxing Uber and Lyft to Fund Transit Isn’t Fair to Transit” (April 24, raises some interesting questions about how mass transit is funded in the United States.

“Clearly, transit needs all the funding it can get. But there is a more structural issue here: Why does transit have to rely on levies?” the author asks.

Here’s my question: Most cities, counties and states regularly fund road and street improvements as part of their transportation budgeting process. Why not include support for transit?

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