Transportation's Impact on Our Freedom
by
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
January 15, 2004

If there were eleven Articles in the Bill of Rights, perhaps the right to transportation would be a good candidate.  How critical is it to our well-being that we are able to go from point A to point B without delay or hassle?  Would this issue merit inclusion in one of the most incredibly inspired documents in the history of man? 

Last week I wrote about a challenge arising due to growth along Highway 181 South, specifically the locating of a new sewer plant.  This is an important issue.  An important issue I noticed on my way to the meeting is the issue of transportation, especially when it has the potential to not only endanger our lives, but to strip the equivalent of one to two weeks from one's life annually, in order to travel to work and back. 

However, last week County Judge Nelson Wolff in his "State of the County" message, highlighted some of the more serious current transportation issues in Bexar County. 

Facts and Figures

Traffic Impact

Commuter Benefits Mean Savings for Employers

Commuter Benefits Improve Employee Quality of Life

Commuter Benefits Improve Traffic Flow and the Environment

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Commuter Model, Texas Transportation Institute, American Lung Association, Xylo Inc., and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

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