New routes, more frequent service chart path for better bus system

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 31, 2017) –VIA Metropolitan Transit will host four public hearings to seek the community’s input regarding service enhancements proposed for implementation in January 2018. These improvements, including projects that would be funded through the City of San Antonio, pending budget approval, are designed to provide more frequent and efficient service on key routes.

Public hearings on the proposed changes will be held on the following dates. All hearings begin at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Guerra Library 7978 W. Military Drive
VIA Route: 612

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Methodist Hospital – Stone Oak1139 E. Sonterra Blvd.
VIA Route: 648

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
VIA Administration Building800 W. Myrtle Street
VIA Routes: 3, 4, 20

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
St. Philips College – Morgan Gallery 1801 Martin Luther King Drive
VIA Route: 26

Proposed service changes include:

2 Blanco – Route will be modified to remove a segment on Loop 1604 from Blanco Road to Huebner Road.
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6 US-281 Express – Service will be modified to operate every 30 minutes on weekdays during peak hours.

7 (New route) – This new route will provide express service every 30 minutes between the new Stone Oak Park & Ride and downtown on weekdays during the peak morning and afternoon hours.
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503 (New route) – This new route will provide daily service every 30 minutes between the new Stone Oak Park & Ride and the Medical Center Transit Center.
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In addition to the service changes above, the following routes will be enhanced to operate every 30 minutes on weekdays, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.: 502, 602, 607, 611, 613, 615, 616, 617, 618

The following route schedules will be enhanced to operate every 12 minutes, weekdays, 6 a.m.–6 p.m.: 20, 26

The following routes will have minor schedule changes: 2, 66, 68, 603, 604, 605, 606, 609, 612, 614, 619.

The following route pairs are proposed to be changed:

Current Pairs            Proposed Pairs

20-66                           20-26

26-68                           66-68

602-604                       602-607

603-605                       603-605-503

607-606                       604-606

611-612                       611-615

615-614                       612-614

Comments may be submitted at the public hearings or in writing through the date provided below. A court reporter/transcriber will be available to accept verbal comments. Written comments may be mailed Attention: Government & Community Relations – January 2018 Service Changes c/o VIA Metropolitan Transit, P.O. Box 12489, San Antonio, Texas 78212, or by email to GCR@viainfo.net.

All comments must be received by 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in order to be included in the public hearing record.

For more information, including maps of some of the proposed changes, please visit VIAinfo.net.

VIA meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible.  Persons with hearing impairments may request an interpreter 48 hours prior to the meeting by calling TDD (210) 362-2019 or call VIA Government & Community Relations at (210) 362-2389.

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About VIA Metropolitan Transit
VIA provides regional multimodal transportation options that connect our community to opportunity, support economic vitality, and enhance quality of life throughout our region. VIA, recognized by the Texas Transit Association in 2016 as the outstanding Metro Transit Authority of the year, serves 14 member cities and the unincorporated areas of Bexar County, operating seven days a week on 90 routes. Last year, VIA provided 40 million rides across the region. VIA’s AAA bond rating reflects the organization’s sound management and financial practices. Visit www.VIAinfo.net for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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