The Brooks Green Loop awarded $9.3M by the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) Transportation Policy Board approved the inclusion of the Brooks Green Loop into the funded projects list for the Fiscal Year 2025 to 2028 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Brooks Green Loop will connect Salado Creek and the San Antonio Mission Reach via the Brooks campus, connecting thousands of people in the Brooks region to current and future regional amenities.

Brooks, in partnership with Mission Heritage Partners and ActivateSA, submitted the Brooks Green Loop to the AAMPO Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality, Carbon Reduction Program, and Transportation Alternatives call for projects, in June 2023. The Brooks Green Loop is an approximately eight-mile trail that will leverage 10-to-12-foot multi-use trails along San Antonio creekways, greenways, and urban corridors at Brooks. The project will offer a route for pedestrians and cyclists to safely access the amenities located directly to the east and west of Brooks, while simultaneously welcoming them onto the growing Brooks campus.

“At VIA Metropolitan Transit, our mission is to provide regional multimodal transportation options that connect our community, and the Brooks Green Loop does just that. Investing in green space in the Brooks region is a priority and we thank the AAMPO for providing continued opportunities for us to do so,” said Dr. Lorraine Pulido, Chair of the Brooks Board of Directors, and Communications Manager at VIA Metropolitan Transit.

This $9.3 million investment complements more than $25 million that has been invested in green space in the region, including complete streets, the Greenline Park, and the future 180-acre Arboretum San Antonio.

“Connecting World Heritage Sites to the energetic Brooks campus and beyond will bring countless benefits to the thousands of annual visitors who visit San Antonio Missions National Historical Park,” said Karla Gurgiolo, Executive Director of Mission Heritage Partners. The Brooks Green Loop will pave the San Juan Acequia Trail, which goes directly behind Mission San Juan, and will be a direct paved trail connection from the National Park to Brooks.

The Brooks Green Loop is consistent with Brooks’ initiatives to prioritize sustainability across the region. Current initiatives include LEED-certified developments at WatersEdge I and II, Cuisine Solutions, and Bakerly at Brooks. Additionally, Brooks has planted and maintains more than 2,500 trees, native plants, and their habitats, while also incorporating low-impact development.

The AAMPO Transportation Policy Board is scheduled to adopt the Fiscal Year 2025 to 2028 TIP in June 2024.