Issue of rubbish littering our transport routes

In preparation for restoration and maintenance work to be implemented in the near future a clean up of the Amtrak’s San Antonio station and surrounds was undertaken over the past few weeks.

It was amazing the types of litter that was found during this clean up. We have listed a few of the items that was found as a reference for ideas as to how we can deal with this issue:

• Clothing
• Polythene bags
• Chocolate wrappers
• Plastic bottles
Weight loss shake box
• Soda pop cans
• Pizza boxes
• Takeaway coffee cups
• Broken glass
• Rotting food
• Paper


It has become apparent to those involved in the Downtown Transport Study is that some thought and action needs to be taken to make our transport lines clean and safe.

The first priority will be to install litter bins on our trains and busses to help relieve the situation of the litter build up that we are finding along transport routes.

We will be conducting more of these clean-ups in the future and we will be taking note on the types of litter collected and how we can address the pollution problem.

It is our aim to have clean and pleasant environments along transport routes so visitors and residence can travel taking in the view rather than seeing and being disgusted by the litter.


The Foreseeable Cause and Effects of the SA Downtown Transport Study

When it comes to transportation, sustainability is a key thing. The freedom to travel around the city is what makes the city worth living and enjoyable. However, the only undesirable consequence of doing this is the rate at which the environment is being polluted. Thus, finding information about this is very important to the citizens and the transients. Generally, pollution can have both long-term and short-term effects on the environment. These include long and short-term diseases such as a sore throat, cancer, chronic diseases among others.

Since cars are the worst when it comes to pollution, the best way to reduce it is to look for an efficient and a clean transport system. As a matter of fact, buses are better than the cars when it comes to polluting the environment. If the public transport can be efficient and clean there will be a very big different in the air quality of the cities. More so, the public transport system should be fast, safe and regular, providing ways through which you can move around the city.

This is why the San Antonio Transportation Study provides a long-term sustainability, livability and economic goals for the city by giving out a roadmap for future transportation. One of these efforts is to focus on having a 24-hour thriving atmosphere. In fact, it reflects the first time that the city has changed transportation with revitalization, economic development, and pace making. This was to help in prioritizing the future downtown development projects using local context, transportation function, connectivity and land use. This work is also supported by transit focusing and traffic.


The study has a flexible street design and has identified the long-term and the short-term projects that can accommodate future growth. This study was finally completed in 2012 and the projects that have been outlined will help San Antonio Transport Downtown Study adapt to changing needs of its people enhance public space and reduce automobile traffic. All these will assist in bringing a new life to the city’s. This is according to the human health department which reviews such items as the effects of public transport and also other public health issue like new health supplement reviews.

In summary

The study provided street design guidelines, network analysis, accessibility modeling, travel demand forecasting and pedestrian planning. Some of the things that they have done is providing a detailed road-map for future development, inspired a renewed focus on sustainable living and development strategies that seamlessly integrate transportation and improvements in land goals. Ideally, this will make the city one of the best.

What can be done about air pollution?

The freedom to travel with ease around any city is what makes a city worth living in and visiting. One undesirable consequence from transportation within our cities is air pollutions so finding solutions to this fallout is important for its citizens and transients.

Pollution can have short-term and long-term side effects. Some of the wells known short-term side effects are:

• nose, throat & eye irritations
• headaches
• asthma
• nausea

And the lesser-known long-term side effects can include:

• lung cancer
• heart disease
• chronic respiratory disease
• damage to the brain, nerves, liver or kidneys

We were most surprised that brain damage was on this list. Because we don’t want to supply all our residents with Alpha Brain, we need to find the best way to keep the air pollution in our city down.


Because cars are the worst offenders when it comes to air pollution the best way to keep it down is to provide efficient and clean public transport. Busses are known to use 8.7% and trains 23.7% less energy per passenger per mile than an automobile.

If we can make our public transport efficient (and as clean) as possible then clearly we can make a big difference to our air quality in our city. We will be looking for public transport solutions that are safe, fast, regular and capable to provide ways of getting around our city.