SmartMove 5-year Capital Improvement Plan includes transit centers, a Park & Ride facility, and improved customer amenities. SmartMove is part of VIA’s Long Range Plan. The collaborative vision, with input from city leaders, local and national transportation experts, and the community, addresses the tomorrow’s transportation needs today.
Stone Oak Park & Ride
VIA’s newest Park & Ride location serves the fast-growing U.S. Highway 281-Loop 1604 area. The new transit facility, located on the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 281 and Stone Oak Parkway, initially serves two new bus routes: Route 7 Express to downtown and Route 503 service to the South Texas Medical Center.
The state-of-the-art facility features a four-deck garage with 400 parking spaces and elevator access, an indoor waiting area for passengers, access to free 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and a staffed full-service information center to assist VIA customers with tickets sales, bus route information and other services. VIA Park & Ride and Vanpool riders can also utilize the free parking spaces at the facility.
The newest Park & Ride facility will eventually have direct access lanes connecting the upper level of the garage to future U.S. Highway 281 managed lanes being developed by the Texas Department of Transportation, which is currently working to expand U.S. Highway 281 North from Loop 1604 to Stone Oak Parkway.
Brooks Transit Center
Construction for VIA’s new Brooks Transit Center will begin in late 2017. The facility planned for the intersection of South New Braunfels Avenue and Sidney Brooks Road, will serve eight VIA routes, including a new Primo route along Military Drive to VIA’s Kel-Lac Transit Center.
The new transit center will feature an air-conditioned waiting space, seating, restrooms, next-bus arrival information, ticket vending machines, bicycle racks, parking and public artwork. The site will utilize solar panels and other sustainable development features.
A construction completion date is set for early 2019.
Centro Plaza at VIA Villa (formerly called the Westside Multimodal Transit Center) is a state-of-the-art transit hub on the near-West Side of San Antonio.
The Plaza opened in December 2015 and serves 1 million passenger trips each year, while it improves accessibility to the city’s Central Business District, UTSA Downtown Campus, and University Health System’s Robert B. Green Campus. The modern Plaza facilitates route transfers, helps alleviate congestion in the Downtown area, and encourages new mixed-use development opportunities. The site features convenient passenger amenities, including an enclosed waiting area, full-service customer information center, plaza-style seating, and well-lit stop and shelter areas.
It utilizes solar energy and features other environmentally friendly features, including a water-capture system beneath its stone pavers. Centro Plaza’s signature feature, Centro Chroma Tower by San Antonio artist Bill Fitzgibbons, was dedicated in April 2016 and stands as a new Downtown landmark and a beacon for travelers.
South/West Corridor – Prímo
Improvements underway for VIA’s S.W. Military Primo route will connect the Kel-Lac Transit Center with the planned Brooks Transit Center. The Military Primo project consists of new Primo bus service along S.E. and S.W. Military Highway from South New Braunfels Avenue to U.S. Highway 90 West.
The work is part of VIA’s South/West Corridor Transit Improvements Project to expand Primo Service along Zarzamora and Military Primo corridors and will allow VIA to provide faster, more reliable service.
Plans call for construction of 20 new stops along the route that will feature Next-Gen lighted shelters with seating; free 4G LTE WiFi service, a digital screen with next bus arrival information, and a security camera system. The project includes various sidewalk improvements to provide safe and convenient pedestrian crossings along the corridor.
Work will begin in late 2017 and take approximately 13 months to complete.
VIA has added 1,000 sheltered bus stops to provide customers a comfortable and weather-protected waiting area.
VIA provides bus service for more than 40 million trips each year within a 1,226-square-mile service area. In October, VIA installed more than 300 shelters. A program goal of 1,000 new shelters citywide was set in mid-2014. Another 150 sites are under construction and more are in production. Streamlined and modern, the new bus shelters provide comfortable, covered seating, additional lighting, and route information displays with real-time bus arrivals to make travel safer and easier to make your next connection. Flexible modular concepts will serve differing capacity needs tailored to each bus stop and are designed to respect the historic or cultural fabric of area parks, neighborhoods, places of interest and historic sites. VIA is working to make your travel experience the best it can be.
As we make additional progress, we will continue to bring you news about this and other SmartMove projects.
Thompson Transit Center
VIA is in the process of issuing an RFP (Request for Proposal) for Joint Development to respond to improvements to accommodate both the additional daily transit operational needs, and an augmented program to provide for commercial/residential development options. This effort will help ensure ridership growth potential, and move the agency closer to the goal of providing more sustainable options in more sustainable communities.