January 18, 2021 - San Antonio Express-News / Bruce Selcraig -
For too long, say critics of the city’s long-term transportation planning, the bureaucracy’s car-centric mentality has focused primarily on accommodating auto traffic and improving roads rather than enhancing all modes of transportation, including buses, walking and cycling.
So the city has hired a transportation planner with experience in Florida and the Washington, D.C., area to improve that balance as the director of the city’s newly formed transportation department.
Tomika Monterville starts her new job Feb. 2. She was most recently the director of planning and development for the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which serves a 2,500-square-mile area in three counties around Orlando with a population base of 1.8 million, matching San Antonio’s. There, she dealt with a bus system, LYNX, that is similar in scope to VIA Metropolitan Transit and a 49-mile commuter rail network known as SunRail.