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Advanced Transportation Discrtict

In 2004 San Antonio citizens voted to improve traffic, streets and public transit by creating the Advanced Transportation District. The ATD funds are distributed as follows: ½ to VIA, ¼ to the City of San Antonio (COSA), and ¼ to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). In 2005, funding began and so did the improvements. 

Advanced Transportation District (ATD) Funded Projects Status Update

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In 2005-2006, the Advanced Transportation District generated $40,389,739 in sales tax revenue. What follows is a synopsis of VIA projects completed to date, ongoing, and planned with Advanced Transportation District dollars.

Service

  • Added more than 18,000 bus service hours system-wide
  • Added later service to bus routes from Southwest to Northwest areas of town
  • Added later service to the yellow route streetcar
  • Continue to focus on providing later, more frequent, and expanded bus service
  • Added Commuter Express routes November 2005
  • Added Starlight (24 hour transit service) Spring 2006
  • Added Vanpool Spring 2006
  • Ongoing coordination with major employers (like COSA) for Vanpool and other VIA programs and services

Facilities

  • Added 100 additional shelters and numerous benches and seats system-wide
  • Installed 80 bus stop pads system-wide
  • Transit Stations
    • Acquired South Central Transit Center property on September 22, 2006; architect started preliminary design; working on southbound bus exit with TxDOT; exploring name
    • Property acquisition and environmental clearance for Medical Center passenger facility in progress; lease negotiations ongoing
    • Reached agreement with TxDOT to allow San Pedro/410 Transit Center project to advance; preparing price proposal package for conceptual and preliminary design
    • Westside Multimodal – study proposals have been received by VIA and are currently being reviewed; target for Board presentation is January 2007.
    • Brooks Transit Center – met with Brooks City Base staff, who will provide architect with optional locations for layout and traffic review
    • 281/1604 Park & Ride – staff to meet with legal to formulate next steps
    • University Park & Ride – updating cost estimate and review of utilities for signals
  • Super Stops
    • Completed concrete work for first Super Stop, shelter in place; electrical work complete
    • Second Super Stop - CPS legal agreements in progress
    • Third at Military/Zarzamora have traffic engineering approval
    • Fourth at Blanco/West – Bids received
    • Fifth at Zarzamora/Culebra – CPS legal agreements in progress
    • Sixth (North Central) Property surveyed, design in progress
    • Seventh (Rigsby/410) received draft Transit License Agreement from Wal-Mart; in legal review
    • Eighth TxDOT gave approval for SE Military at Brooks City Base; in design
  • 50 Super Stops planned for construction over the next 10 years
  • List of top 28 bus stops needing improvements has been compiled and sent to TxDOT. Work on planning improvements for deployment ongoing

Technology

  • Electronic fareboxes planned
  • Smartcard technology planned
  • Signal priority planned
  • Real-time bus arrival and departure displays planned

Fleet

  • Updated VIAtrans fleet, 117 vans
  • Continue to purchase new buses
  • Established fleet replacement fund

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