VIA: LOOKING AHEAD

Our Transportation Future

VIA is focused on the future with Vision 2040, an update to the Long Range Comprehensive Transportation Plan (LRCTP). VIA’s SmartMove five-year capital improvement plan is about taking action now, with near-term solutions that help improve the VIA system today.

Background

Innovation and Planning Initiatives

  • COMPREHENSIVE OPERATIONS ANALYSIS

    VIA is conducting a Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA) to review existing services and evaluate how these services are functioning in the region. The COA includes a route-by-route study of existing VIA services that explores opportunities to increase ridership, and enhance service efficiency and cost effectiveness. The COA also examines the role of other mobility options and the feasibility of integrating them into the greater service network. The COA will help develop a plan for enhancements to public transportation and mobility in our region.

    To learn more about the Comprehensive Operations Analysis visit VIACOA.com.

  • VIA VISION 2040 - LONG RANGE PLAN UPDATE

    VIA updates its Long Range Plan every five years with revisions and amendments. This periodic update allows VIA to prioritize and align transit investments to coincide with other regional projects and priorities. Vision 2040 is an update to VIA’s Long Range Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which identifies priorities for the public transportation system serving San Antonio and surrounding communities. The Vision 2040 planning effort will investigate the impact of growth in our region and engage our community in a conversation about how transit can play an increased role in supporting our region’s transportation system. Vision 2040 builds upon the SmartMove capital improvements and identifies priorities that will move our region forward.

    To learn more about the update process and stay involved with the
    VIA Vision 2040 Long Range Plan visit VIAvision2040.com.

  • SmartMove is VIA’s 5-year Capital Improvement Plan

    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.

    To learn more about the SmartMove initiatives visit VIASmartMove.com or
    select from the projects below:

  • MOVING TOWARD A GREENER COMMUNITY

    Smart Use of Alternative Fuels

    VIA recognizes its role as a steward of the environment and is committed to the reduction of vehicle emissions in the region.

    The use of alternative fuels solidifies the company’s commitment to reducing pollution by meeting or exceeding the latest standards from the Environmental Protection Agency. With some recent actions, VIA has moved into new territory with innovative revenue vehicles that run on alternative power sources.

    A CNG-powered Fleet

    In 2016, VIA began its multi-year plan to purchase clean-energy vehicles, fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) to replace aging buses in its fleet. The vehicles scheduled for replacement are at least 15 years old. The agency’s fleet expansion will reduce operating costs and allow the agency to carry out planned service enhancements.

    VIA introduced the first of its buses to run on CNG in 2010 with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA. In 2017, VIA announced the sale of $82 million in MTA Contractual Obligation Bonds to help finance the purchase of 270 CNG-fueled buses as part of the agency’s SmartMove five-year capital plan. VIA plans to complete the CNG fleet conversion by 2020.

    VIA Debuts First Wave of CNG Buses

    Powered by Windtricity

    VIA’s agreement with CPS Energy made it the first public agency in San Antonio to receive 100 percent of its power from Windtricity, removing approximately 7,180 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

    In 2013, VIA introduced the Arc, all-electric buses for regular service in the Downtown area.

    Arc service was made possible by a grant from the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction program as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This funding was made available to encourage the use of cutting-edge environmental technologies, and a total of $100 million was awarded in a nationwide competition. VIA is one of just 43 transit agencies from across the nation that received this funding, and it is also the only transit agency in Texas that was awarded in this process.

    VIA also acquired 30 new diesel-electric hybrid buses built by New Flyer. These buses are in service along VIA’s express routes to help daily commuters reduce the city’s overall fuel consumption while cutting back on emissions. The hybrid buses are equipped with extra amenities such as reclining seats, overhead storage, and individual lighting.

    Environmental and Sustainability Management System

    VIA is committed to becoming an environmental leader in the industry and pledges to provide necessary education and tools to all persons working for or on behalf of VIA to successfully carry out this program. VIA promotes implementation of goals and programs that will continually reduce our environmental impact on the community and environment.

    In January 2016, VIA Metropolitan Transit’s Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS) earned an ISO 14001:2004 certification from the International Standards Organization (ISO) for its proactive sustainable efforts controlled through its ESMS.

    VIA Metropolitan Transit’s ESMS provides a strategic and systematic approach to the management of environmental impacts. Implementation of an ESMS maximizes organizational benefit through risk mitigation, prevention of pollution, and regulatory compliance, and will help VIA to provide the community with safe, reliable and sustainable transportation. Each of VIA’s employees is entrusted with incorporating the actions necessary in their work to fulfill this commitment.

    By Enacting this ESMS, VIA commits to:

    • Implementation and continual improvement of environmental management practices and solutions
    • Prevention of pollution and utilization of environmentally safe methods of disposal and recycling to maintain a safe and clean environment
    • Compliance with applicable legal and other requirements to which VIA subscribes which relate to its environmental aspects
    • Minimization of significant environmental impacts by establishing environmental objectives and targets
    • Evaluation of environmental performance and progress through periodic review of the ESMS and related objectives and targets
    • Integration of sustainable practices during planning and decision making processes and in all other work conducted at VIA

    ESMS reviewed regularly

    This Environmental and Sustainability Management System Policy will be documented, regularly reviewed, communicated to all persons working for or on behalf of VIA, and be made available to the public.

    Approved by the Board of Trustees on 12/16/2014

    Call (210) 362-2460 for more information.

  • TECHNOLOGY IN TRANSIT

    VIA Invests in Innovation

    VIA has introduced several new initiatives that integrate the latest technology to enhance the passenger experience, including:

    Trip planning with Third-party Apps

    VIA’s services also can be accessed through several third-party apps that provide easy-to-use trip planning and schedule data. Read more about planning with apps that stream real-time transit information for the San Antonio area.

    Ride & Read with Bexar County BiblioTech

    Ride and Read Orange Bus

    BiblioTech and VIA Metropolitan Transit have partnered to bring Bexar County’s all-digital public library to the traveling public with the “Ride & Read” program. This partnership brings VIA on board with BiblioTech’s mission to enhance education and literacy, promote reading as recreation, and equip residents with necessary tools to thrive in our modern landscape. Kiosks and ADA-accessible wall-mounted screens will be installed at VIA transit and information centers throughout the service area. It’s free and easy to sign up. Learn more about how to Ride & Read.

    Free Systemwide 4G LTE WiFi

    VIA offers free 4G LTE WiFi service on every bus and van, and at every transit facility. It was the first major transit agency in the nation to offer the free, high-speed service as part of its commitment to integrate technology in modern passenger amenities. Riders can work, study, stay connected, and surf the Internet while we drive.

    Next-bus Arrival Information

    VIA riders can get real-time bus arrival information delivered to their cell phones, computers or other mobile devices by texting their 5-digit bus stop number to 52020. Every VIA bus is equipped with a GPS device that tells our system where that bus is at all times. That information is then used along with the last known position of the bus to predict when that bus will arrive at a stop with relative accuracy. Learn More