More frequent service charts path for better bus system

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 24, 2018) – VIA Metropolitan Transit will host three public hearings to seek the community’s input regarding service improvements proposed for implementation on May 7, 2018.

The hearings will be held on the following dates. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. All hearings begin at 6 p.m., with a presentation and overview.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
Eastside Education and Training Center, 4551 Dietrich Road
Served by Route 24

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Mexican American Unity Council, 2300 W. Commerce St., #200
Served by routes 75 and 76

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
VIA Metro Center, 1021 San Pedro Ave.
Served by routes 3 and 4

VIA is proposing the following service improvements as part of its partnership and funding plan with the City of San Antonio:

  • Increase frequency from 15 minutes to 12 minutes all day on routes 3 (San Pedro Skip), 24 (East Houston Frequent), and 76 (West Commerce Skip).

In addition, VIA is proposing the following route changes as part of its ongoing service improvements plan:

  • Extend 24 East Houston Frequent west through downtown to serve Centro Plaza for all trips. Short-haul trips (routing via Rio Grande, Gabriel, and Walters streets) would be eliminated with all trips from Downtown continuing to WW White Road at the proposed 12-minute service all day.
  • Minor schedule changes for routes 4 (San Pedro Frequent), 28 (Porter), 62 (Kirk), and 89 (Poplar).
  • New route pairings for routes 4-28 and 62-89. Note that the proposed pairing of routes 62 and 89 would occur at Centro Plaza.

Comments may be submitted at the public hearings or in writing through 5 p.m., February 13, 2018, to be included in the public record. A court reporter/transcriber will be available to accept verbal comments. Written comments may be mailed to Attention: Government & Community Relations – May 2018 Service Changes c/o VIA Metropolitan Transit, P.O. Box 12489, San Antonio, Texas 78212, or emailed to GCR@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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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 VIAinfo.net for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.‬

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