VIA Primo, route changes set for December 17
VIA Metropolitan Transit has revised the services for some of its bus routes. These changes, which affect the following routes, will go into effect Monday, December 17.
South Texas Medical Center Transit Center – These changes are related to the opening of the new South Texas Medical Center Transit Center (STMCTC). All routes currently serving the Medical Center area will be rerouted to this new facility at Babcock and Medical Drive.
522 24th Street/Babcock – Route will be modified from Wurzbach and Medical Drive to travel along Medical Drive to the STMCTC before continuing southeasterly on Babcock.
534 Wurzbach – Route will be modified to travel from Wurzbach to Babcock and on to the STMCTC before returning on Babcock to continue on Wurzbach.
600 Medical Center Shuttle Frequent – New route that will provide service every 30 minutes between the STMCTC and major destinations within the Medical Center. After leaving the STMCTC, the route will travel on Babcock, Merton Minter, Wurzbach, Medical Drive, Louis Pasteur, Floyd Curl, Wurzbach, Merton Minter, and then on to the STMCTC.
602 North Star/Medical Center – Route will be modified from Medical Drive and Floyd Curl to travel along Floyd Curl, Wurzbach, and then Medical Drive to the STMCTC.
603 Medical Center/UTSA – Route will be modified to travel from Ewing Halsell and Medical Drive to the STMCTC along Ewing Halsell, Floyd Curl, and Medical Drive.
604 Medical Center/University Heights – Route will be modified to terminate at the STMCTC instead of continuing on Medical Drive and Merton Minter.
606 Medical Center/Alamo Branch – Route will be modified to travel from Babcock and Hamilton Wolfe to the STMCTC by way of Babcock. Segments of the current route 606 between Babcock/Hamilton Wolfe and Merkens/Wurzbach will be served by the modified route 607. At the Medical Center the route will continue as route 607. The route will also be modified to travel on Weybridge and Les Harrison instead of Gallery Ridge and Cliffbrier. Segments of Gallery Ridge, Cliffbrier, and Culebra no longer served by route 606 will be served by the modified route 610.
607 Medical Center/Ingram – Route will be modified to travel from Merkens and Wurzbach to the STMCTC along Merkens, Cary Grant, George Burns, John Wayne, Danny Kaye, Oakdell Way, Hamilton Wolfe, and Babcock. At the Medical Center the route will continue as route 606 instead of route 610.
610 Ingram/Northwest Crossing – Route will be modified to travel on Ingram, the Piper’s Creek neighborhood, Culebra, Old Grissom, and Grissom to Misty Way instead of Timberhill. From Timberpath and Cliffbrier, the route will travel on Cliffbrier, Gallery Ridge, Dover Ridge, Weybridge, and Les Harrison. Buses will turn back by looping via Les Harrison, Culebra, Cliffbrier, and Timberpath. Current loop on Branston, Brandyridge, and Trendwood will be eliminated. Off-peak service frequency will improve from every 60 minutes to every 45 minutes. The route will no longer continue as route 607.
618 Ingram/Westlakes – Route will be modified to travel from the Ingram Transit Center on Ingram to Culebra and on to Rimrock Trail instead of through the Piper’s Creek neighborhood. Segments in Piper’s Creek will be served by the modified route 610.
VIA Primo – These changes are related to the inception of VIA Primo.
VIA Primo – New bus rapid transit route will travel from the Ellis Alley Park and Ride along Chestnut, Houston, Bowie, Commerce, and Medina to the new Westside Multimodal Transit Center (WSMMTC). From there the route will continue on Medina to Martin, IH-10, Fredericksburg Road, and Medical Drive to the new STMCTC. On the return trips the route will be the same except after the WSMMTC when the route will return to Ellis Alley on Buena Vista, Dolorosa, Market, IH-37 access road, and Chestnut. Extended trips will provide service from the STMCTC to the UTSA main campus on Loop 1604 by way of Medical Drive, Fredericksburg Road, IH-10, University Park and Ride, and Loop 1604. Daytime service will operate every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends. Extended trips to UTSA will operate every 30 minutes. Early morning and evening service will be similar to the current route 92 with late-night service to replace the 92 line-ups.
91 Fredericksburg Skip – Route will be eliminated and replaced with improved service related to the inception of VIA Primo.
92 Fredericksburg Frequent – Route will be eliminated and replaced with improved service related to the inception of VIA Primo.
96 Vance Jackson – Current route 96 will be supplemented with additional service that will run on the segment between downtown and Fredericksburg Road at Olmos. These additional, shorter runs will operate every day every 30 minutes during the day.
302 Yellow Streetcar – Route will be eliminated and replaced with improved service related to the inception of VIA Primo
509 Hildebrand – Route will be modified to travel from westbound Hildebrand, left on Fredericksburg Road, right on San Antonio Avenue, and left on Mary Louise Drive before continuing on Fredericksburg to Donaldson Avenue. This will allow the route to serve bus stop 98573 on Mary Louise.
520 Zarzamora Frequent – Route will be extended from Crossroads Park and Ride to the new STMCTC by way of Crossroads Boulevard, Fredericksburg Road, Louis Pasteur, Babcock, Merton Minter, Wurzbach, and Babcock.
Westside Multimodal Transit Center – These changes are related to the opening of Phase I of the Westside Multimodal Transit Center (WSMMTC).
20 New Braunfels Frequent – Minor route changes in the vicinity of the WSMMTC.
26 M.L. King – In the downtown area the route will continue as route 68 instead of route 91. The route will begin at Dolorosa and Flores and follow Market to South Alamo before continuing eastbound on Cesar Chavez. Inbound service will turn from Cesar Chavez onto South Alamo to Commerce.
68 Guadalupe Frequent – In the downtown area the route will continue as route 26 instead of route 92. The route will be modified as it approaches downtown to follow Frio to Houston and serve the WSMMTC, then travel eastbound on Buena Vista and Dolorosa. Heading out of downtown the route will begin at Commerce and Presa and follow Commerce Street to the WSMMTC, then turn south on Frio to Guadalupe.
79 Ruiz Frequent – Minor route changes in the vicinity of the WSMMTC.
93 IH-10 Crossroads/UTSA Express – Route will be modified as it approaches downtown to follow Martin and Medina to the WSMMTC, then continue to Buena Vista and east on Dolorosa. Heading out of downtown the route will follow Commerce, Frio, Houston, and Medina to the WSMMTC before continuing northbound to Martin and IH-10.
Look for new pocket schedules online now. Printed pocket schedules will soon be available at all VIA information centers and on buses. To see how these changes affect your trips, use the online Personal Trip Planner and enter a trip date later than December 17, 2012. For more information on the service changes, call 362-2020.