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San Antonio councilwoman hopes new national advocacy role means more funding for transportation

SAN ANTONIO – A change in administrations in Washington usually means a change in coverage priorities and a San Antonio councilwoman hopes a new appointment will assist town benefit from that in the case of transportation.

Ana Sandoval, who represents District 7 on the council, has been appointed to the Transportation and Infrastructure Services committee of the National League of Cities. The Washington, D.C.-based group helps municipalities foyer for new legal guidelines and federal funding.

The role is a pure match for Sandoval, who, earlier than becoming a member of the council, was a transportation planner, together with for VIA Metropolitan Transit.

“There will be some new bills coming forward, legislation that will fund the transportation infrastructure throughout the country,” Sandoval stated. “What we want to make sure is that those that that legislation that moves forward also helps cities with what they need to improve quality of life.”

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Sandoval stated the timing couldn’t be higher, as President Joe Biden appointed Pete Buttigieg as his nominee for Secretary of Transportation. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate is a former municipal official himself, serving two phrases as mayor of South Bend, Ind.

“He understands what cities need to be successful and how transportation plays a role in that,” she stated. “So I think we are well poised to bring some great things home to San Antonio and to all cities.”

While the position is national is scope, Sandoval stated she is going to hold a deal with native considerations, like efforts to increase transit entry and enhance infrastructure like sidewalks, to maintain pedestrians safer.

She believes more federal funding is required to assist in these efforts. Biden is predicted to unveil his infrastructure plan subsequent month.

“A lot of the funding that we see come through from our state is really focused on our highways, our freeways, those types of operational improvements, which are important for local communities and the economy,” Sandoval stated. “What we don’t have from our state really is what I would call multimodal funding, and that’s where the federal government is key.”

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Sandoval will serve a one-year time period on the committee, whereas retaining her present council duties.

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