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Friday, September 25, 2020

Meet the Team


Vision Zero Team

 

Bianca Thorpe

Bianca Thorpe, P.E.

I’m the Capital Programs Manager over the Transportation Planning and Programming section in the Public Works Department (PWD) Transportation Planning and Operations Division. I joined the City of San Antonio in 2009 as a senior engineering associate and have worked in the horizontal bond project division, transportation planning and traffic engineering. I manage PWD efforts to oversee the SA Tomorrow Multimodal Transportation Plan to prepare San Antonio for its future transportation needs. The team conducts studies; plans future projects; and implements railroad quiet zones, bicycle facilities, pedestrian safety improvements, and complete streets design support. The team also leads the Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities by prioritizing safety for people driving, walking, biking, and riding transit. I have a B.E. in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University. I enjoy traveling with my family and cheering on my sons in sporting and musical events.

What does San Antonio’s transportation future looks like to me: I look forward to a future where everyone in the community is accepting of all modes of transportation: commuters and the general public!

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Greg Reininger

Greg Reininger, Principal Transportation Planner

As a Principal Transportation Planner, I lead the City's Vision Zero safety initiative, Major Thoroughfare Plan, and long-range transportation planning and coordination. I enjoy being part of the Vision Zero team because I know that the work we do can save a person’s life. VIA is a big part of how I do business daily: my work commute is a 15 minute bus ride down Broadway, and the number of bus routes and frequency of times allows me to commute freely without relying on a transit schedule.

What does San Antonio’s transportation future looks like to me: San Antonio’s transportation future to me is a city where people of all backgrounds have the ability to choose a safe and reliable transportation option.

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Epifanio Ruiz

Epifanio Ruiz, Civil Engineer

I am a Civil Engineer with a degree from UTSA, and one of my main duties is to implement our Vision Zero projects. I enjoy the enthusiasm our team brings in trying to provide solutions to make San Antonio safer for all using alternative means of transportation. When not at work, you can catch me on VIA route 100 – it’s part of my daily commute!

What does San Antonio’s transportation future looks like to me: A city with a reduced dependency on the automobile.

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Marco Hinojosa

Marco Hinojosa, Senior Transportation Planner

I am a Senior Transportation Planner for the city and my responsibilities include reviewing the major thoroughfare plan, implementing the policies outlined in the SA Tomorrow Multi-Modal Plan, and managing the Vision Zero Crash Review Task Force. Being part of the Vision Zero team has been a meaningful experience as we develop solutions on San Antonio roads with the highest concentration of severe pedestrian and cyclist crashes. It means a lot to know that the projects that we have planned and constructed are creating a safer environment for our vulnerable road users. I live near VIA’s Medical Center Transit Station, so I am able to walk or bike there and just like my bus route, I keep it 100.

What does San Antonio’s transportation future looks like to me: I see a future where our system makes walking, bicycling, and transit feel safe and convenient for everyone.

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Lauren Simcic

Lauren Simcic, Senior Transportation Planner

I am a Senior Transportation Planner for the Vision Zero team. My focus is on data analysis and community outreach. Before joining the team, I worked on large scale transit projects and public art installations. The Vision Zero team is strong and dynamic because its members have a real interest in creating a safe commute for everyone. We explore transportation options for work, and we do the same for fun.

What does San Antonio’s transportation future looks like to me: I envision a city where there’s more and more public participation in the transportation planning process in San Antonio, and where people incorporate the ideas of Vision Zero in their commute, becoming more conscientious and looking out for one another.

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Jessica Brunson

Jessica Brunson, Senior Transportation Planner

As a Senior Transportation Planner, I look for ways to incorporate a safe commute for everyone: whether on foot, by bike, or by car. I use my bike to get to work, and I take the bus on rainy days. I enjoy being on the VZ team because of the interaction we have with the community, and our ability to take crash reports and use them to build solid urban planning that focuses on safety.

What does San Antonio’s transportation future looks like to me: A Master plan incorporating a mixed mobility rings and corridors to help travel anywhere easily, with variable options to help people with systems that move people and keep people active around the city.

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Teena Bailey

Teena Bailey, Senior Management Analyst

As a Senior Management Analyst, I enjoy being on the Vision Zero team because of the diversity of the projects we work on, and the amazing group-dynamic within the team. It is both challenging and rewarding to help make a difference in the community! I carpool to work to reduce my carbon footprint on the planet, and I also vanpool when I can.

What does San Antonio’s transportation future looks like to me: I want to see San Antonio incorporate transit options, vanpooling, carpooling, and possible telecommuting options. Getting education and outreach to the public is imperative for the success of these many programs.

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Jana Wentzel

Jana Wentzel, Senior Transportation Planner

I’ve been a land use and transportation planner with the City for more than three years and am working towards a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from UTSA. I enjoy working with a Vision Zero team that is passionate about what we do. Each of us brings something new to the table whether it’s design, analysis, or outreach to the San Antonio community. As a Vision Zero team, we are able to facilitate changes that make the city safer for everyone. You can find me biking and using the bus in my daily commute!

What does San Antonio’s transportation future looks like to me: I’m looking forward to more and more streets being planned for people and not just cars. People make our streets vibrant and should be prioritized and enabled to enjoy many different types of streets that are safe, well-designed, and part of a bigger plan to make San Antonio a world-class city.

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