No interruptions anticipated during storm recovery
San Antonio, Texas (Sept. 1, 2017) — VIA Metropolitan Transit is operating at full service levels and does not anticipate any reduction in service during the statewide recovery period for Hurricane Harvey. Free transportation for evacuation shelter staff and guests continues through coordination with the Office of Emergency Management and our community partners.
The majority of VIA’s fleet operates on diesel, propane and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)—fuel resources that were not affected by recovery efforts. A portion of the VIAtrans Paratransit Service fleet operates on gasoline. Due to the critical nature of this service, the agency has coordinated with suppliers to arrange for priority provisions that will ensure VIAtrans vehicles continue to operate regular service. VIA utilizes fuel storage systems at its operating facility and maintains on-site fuel supplies.
“Our role during this recovery period is to continue to provide safe, reliable transportation that connects our community with access to critical services, jobs, schools, and opportunity,” VIA President/CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said Friday. “VIA will continue to be part of the organized efforts to transport and shelter emergency staff and neighbors who have been displaced by the storm. We support the extraordinary community response to help those most in need of compassion and cooperation.”
VIA encourages everyone to try transit and use convenient public transportation options in their daily travel plans. A VIA Day Pass is only $2.75 and offers unlimited rides throughout the system. Passengers can now purchase passes using their smartphone with VIA goMobile, a free mobile-ticketing app available for Apple and Android.
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.
CONTACT: Lorraine Pulido, Ph.D.