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A Call to Improve Mobility

By Jesús Aguado

On August 1, the City Council published an open call to hold forums in order to improve the Mobility Plan in San Miguel—which would include modern public transportation, more public parking lots, and possibly metered parking.

As an Expat, How to Participate in Mobility Meetings?

Secretary of the City Council Luis Manuel Orozco invited all those interested in submitting opinions and information regarding the Mobility Plan to submit them at the old City Hall building between August 1–3, from 10am–3pm, and on August 6 and 7 from 10am–3pm.

The August 6 and 7 forums will be open to the general public (previously registered) from 10am–6pm at the Ángela Peralta Theater and the Casa de la Cultura respectively. Expats may attend but will not be allowed to speak before the audience (which is why they must submit their ideas and opinions in writing at the old City Hall building). Orozco also announced that expats won’t be allowed to vote in the Citizens’ Consultation (a referendum vote) on Sunday, August 12, since it is a legal mechanism.

“I want to make it clear that this voting mechanism comes from the organic municipal law related to public consultations, and the law states that it will be vinculatorias (binding)that is to say that, in the end, the City Council ought to execute the decisions of the Sanmiguelenses. For that reason, only Sanmiguelenses with a valid ID from the National Electoral Institute can vote, like in elections. Only Sanmiguelenses can vote; that is mandatory by law.”

A call to vote

The City Council approved the call for the Consultation, which includes several points that Sanmiguelenses will vote on at more than 40 polling locations.


Proposed parking lots:

1.- Proposed are municipal parking lots in all access points to the city (the Visitors’ Center, the Tuesday Market, Fábrica Aurora, La Luz, Calzada de la Estación—as well as in private spaces on Salida a Celaya). Until all the parking lots are in service, there will not be metered parking in the Historic Center.

2.- Public parking lots would be free for locals and cost 20 pesos for 24 hours for visitors.

3.- Residents of the Historic Center with a car but without a parking space would have free parking in one of the private parking lots in the Historic Center.

4.- There would be enough spaces for persons with disabilities in the Historic Center.

5.- There would be spaces designated for suppliers—with the current schedule approved.

6.- There would be metered parking in areas of the Historic Center functioning between 8am and 8pm at a rate of 20 pesos per hour for visitors. Sanmiguelenses would pay 10 pesos per hour. The incomes from metered parking would be administrated by the Mobility Council and be applied toward improving mobility in town.

7.- There would be designated free, short-term spaces (10 minutes) for multiple activities like: going to the ATM, take a child to school, in general for many activities.

Public transportation:

1.- There would be a new “express” public transportation service that will take people from the parking lots to the Historic Center. The cost to all riders will be 10 pesos.

2.- The service would offer one free round-trip ride for students, workers in the Centro area, and vendors leaving their cars at the satellite parking lots. (The free-ride time would be established by the Mobility Council.)

3.- There would be night transportation available for workers in the Historic Center.

4.- Public transportations (including urban, suburban and taxis) would keep working to gradually improve its service, which would be more efficient with less traffic in Centro.


Benefits of the proposed Mobility Program

1.- Commuting time within the Historic Center would be improved since there will not be as much traffic.

2.- Better mobility between Centro and the periphery.

3.- Our streets and vehicles would have more surveillance.

4.- A decrease in air and noise pollution, contributing to a better quality of life.

5.- The rotation of vehicles parked in the Historic Center would improve sales in the commercial areas. Mobility for pedestrians and handicapped would improve.

6.- Public spaces would be preserved and improved for the general public.


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