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High-capacity transit service to transport passengers throughout
the downtown area
Presentation from Modern Streetcar Public Meeting on 3/28/2013
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Modern Streetcar Fact Sheet
VIA is transforming San Antonio through multimodal solutions. It’s the result of
an extensive two-year public involvement effort to develop a comprehensive long-range
transportation plan. Modern Streetcars are just one of six significant improvements
in transit services which are scheduled for completion within the next five years.
Implementing a modern streetcar system will bring a new, stimulating development
to the downtown area while facilitating transit-oriented development, improving
air quality, and maximizing economic development opportunities.
Modern Streetcars are a Smart Move
- The project will offer a high-capacity transit service through the downtown area
that connects with the nearby neighborhoods
A modern streetcar system provides a clean, sustainable form of transit that promotes
economic growth by improving downtown access and enhancing mobility for tourists
Modern streetcars will connect existing transit services, making them more useful
and reliable while enhancing the bus services in downtown
Improving mobility means that people will enjoy an enhanced quality of life and
greater accessibility to amenities where they live, work, and play
Modern Streetcars are movement in the right direction
VIA initiatives take us where we want to go. The Public Involvement process begins
this year for Modern Streetcars, and the environmental process will begin in 2013
with design and construction in subsequent years.
- Streetcars have a typical capacity of 30-150 people, a length of about 60 feet,
and a width of about 8 feet
The new vehicles will be electric-powered and will operate in mixed traffic (same
lanes as private vehicles) with an average speed of 8-15 miles per hour
Streetcars navigate through dense urban areas on circulator routes and take people
to many points of interest
The creation of a streetcar system will support and enhance urban-scale economic
development in and near downtown
1.1 million riders used current streetcar services in Fiscal Year 2011 (or nearly
3,000 riders per day), and it is anticipated that a modernized system would result
in a large increase in ridership
Once operational, the Modern Streetcars will enhance mobility in the heart of our
community. It will allow center city growth to outpace traffic congestion and stimulate
To read more about the background of the Modern Streetcar project visit SmartwaySA.com.