Business / Negocios
AT&T confirms plans to deliver U-VERSE® with AT&T GIGAPOWER℠
0 | By Lisa Marie Gomez
San Antonio.- AT&T* today confirmed it will expand its ultra-fast U-verse with AT&T GigaPower network to the City of San Antonio. The all-fiber network will provide services featuring symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second, and AT&T’s most advanced TV services to consumers and businesses.
VIA adopts budget for FY 2014-15
0 | By Priscilla Ingle
San Antonio.- The Board of Trustees for VIA Metropolitan Transit and the Advanced Transportation District has approved the operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15. This budget, which totals $202,991,810, will go into effect October 1, and it will allow VIA to add service and to focus on the future while collaborating in multimodal transportation planning.
The primary objective of the new budget is to improve services and amenities for the people who take 44 million trips on VIA every year. This commitment to the riders is highlighted by an increase in scheduled line service of 3.8 percent for the next fiscal year, leading to improved frequencies that will touch all sectors of the service area. Complementing the service improvements is a transit shelter expansion program; VIA will install nearly 1000 new shelters throughout the service area.
VIA will also work with other local entities to advance the Long Range Comprehensive Transportation Plan, continue to upgrade existing transit centers, build new transit facilities under the SmartMove initiative, advance new park and ride facilities, and move into planning new SmartMove projects such as bus rapid transit for the South and West side. VIA will accomplish all of this while maintaining cost efficiency and long-term financial stability.
“This budget document is allowing us to do great things as an important part of the fabric of our community,” VIA Board Chairman Alexander Briseño said. “For all the people who rely on VIA every day to get to work, school, the store, and the doctor, we are providing them more service while keeping the fares the same. By using innovative management initiatives – such as fuel hedging and benefits administration changes – we are able to do this while also taking care of our hard-working employees.”
To support the increases in service levels, VIA will begin developing plans to purchase 293 new 40-foot transit buses to replace 60 percent of the existing fleet over the next five years. VIA will also expand the articulated fleet of vehicles that are used for VIA Primo bus rapid transit service to include an additional 30 vehicles. Almost all of these new buses will be powered by compressed natural gas, or CNG, VIA’s alternative fuel of choice. Use of clean CNG will allow VIA to save at least $5 million within the next five years.
VIA will also begin strengthening the infrastructure of the agency by expanding the bus yard, building a new paratransit facility, and building on the award-winning maintenance program to ensure the reliability of agency vehicles.
“Upon this solid foundation, we will continue to focus collaboratively on the future,” Briseño said. “We have budgeted funds to update our 2035 Comprehensive Long Range Plan. We have formed a VIA Transit Advisory Committee to help us understand needs and communicate plans. We will continue to evaluate major transit investment corridors, including the north/south corridor with a possible light rail connection between the airport and downtown. And we will work with the City of San Antonio on the comprehensive planning effort and be a key partner in the development of the multimodal transportation plan.”
Trust is Key to a Successful Jobs Program
0 | By Ignacio Salazar
Irving, Texas.- Even in today’s quarrelsome political climate, Americans agree on one thing – we need more equitable access to jobs. Congress showed a clear consensus on this point when it passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in July. The new law should provide more than $3 billion in funding to help job seekers find training and employment.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute on Energy
0 | By Miranda Margowsky
Washington, D.C..- On Tuesday, September 30th, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) moderated a panel on expanding job opportunities for Latinos in oil and gas industries as part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual Public Policy Conference. Participating in the panel discussion will be Representatives from Exelon Corporation, South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable, General Electric, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the Laborers' International Union of North America.
Cena en Haven for Hope cortesía de Chick-fil-A
0 | Por Roberto J. Pérez
San Antonio.- Los restaurantes Chick-fil-A sirvieron una cena para 450 comensales en el refugio Haven for Hope, siendo la primera festividad de una serie de eventos similares para los próximos meses, especialmente en el mes de diciembre cuando un cálido acercamiento de la comunidad de negocios a las personas sin hogar es más significativo.
H-E-B partners with Gary Sinise Foundation to build Smart Homes
0 | By Denise Blaz
San Antonio.- H-E-B is launching its second annual in-store tear pad campaign in support of our nation’s most severely wounded military heroes. In 2013, the inaugural campaign raised $355,000 toward the construction of homes for deserving service members and their families in partnership with Operation Finally Home. Due to the campaign’s success, H-E-B is announcing an additional partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation beginning this year.