VIAWorks – Let’s drive your business forward.

Public transportation connects more than just riders to their destinations; it promotes the growth and development of the community it serves. Businesses throughout San Antonio and Bexar County are discovering how VIA’s wide array of transit options connects their employees to work. VIAWorks makes commuting easier by maximizing the many benefits of public transportation for employers and employees.

Investing in public transportation with VIAWorks benefits us all.

For Employers:
VIAWorks programs provide:

  • Recruitment and retention incentives

  • Reduces the need for subsidized parking

  • Positive impacts for the environment

  • Increased productivity

For Employees:
VIAWorks programs provide:

  • Pre-tax payment for transportation costs

  • Affordable and convenient access to the workplace

  • A less stressful way to get to work

  • Improved air quality for their city

  • The Certified Auto Ride in an Emergency (CARE) program helps cover the cost of a ride home for participating bus and Vanpool customers — by taxi or, in some circumstances, a rental car.

Background
  • BUS SERVICE

    Make VIAWorks, the Employer Transit Benefit Program from VIA Metropolitan Transit, part of your company’s success story. Let’s develop a plan for convenient public transportation choices, together.

    VIAWorks Business Pass

    With Business Pass, VIA delivers 31-Day Passes to participating employers each month. The passes are offered to employees at cost ($38/month) or at a reduced rate, depending on the employer’s participation in subsidizing the passes.

    Employers can:

    • Subsidize all or a portion of the cost for a 31-Day Pass

    • Offer 31-Day Passes for sale on site with no subsidy

    VIAWorks EZ Ride

    With EZ Ride, all or a fixed number of employees gain access to all of VIA’s mainline bus and other services with a convenient EZ Ride sticker applied to a work-issued photo ID.

    Option 1 (Must employ at least 25 employees for this option)

    • Provide the annual pass for all employees

    • Pay $82 per year, per employee – less than 23 cents per day

    • Government agencies pay $60 per year – about 16 cents per day

    Option 2

    • Provide the annual pass for a fixed number of employees

    • Pay $365 per year, per employee – $1 per day

    To become a VIAWorks partner and take advantage of our Business Pass or EZ Ride Programs, call (210) 362-2310. To participate in our VIAWorks Vanpool Program, call (210) 362-2555.

    For more information on any of our programs, visit VIAinfo.net/VIAWorks.

  • VANPOOL SERVICE

    Getting there together is a great way to start the day. VIAWorks Vanpools may travel almost anywhere, as long as trips start or end within Bexar County. Call (210) 362-2555 for information about using the Vanpool.

    How does it work?

    Vanpool makes it possible for groups of five to 15 persons to share a ride to work, while splitting the cost of van rental and fuel.

    Employees of participating workplaces may receive up to a $260 per month tax benefit* for Vanpool expense reimbursements. VIA also provides a subsidy discount ($20 per person, per month), insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, and van maintenance.

     

    Why use VIAWorks Vanpool?

    • It eliminates driving a personal vehicle and reduces gasoline and emissions.

    • It saves parking costs and traffic hassles.

    • It’s tax free for riders if done as a payroll deduction.

    • Vanpool drivers may keep the van during evenings and weekends, in exchange for keeping a daily log, and managing the group’s finances and scheduled maintenance.

    • It offers an attractive benefit package on behalf of employers.

    • It provides tax savings to employers who subsidize all or partial costs.

  • PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS

    Join major employers in the region who are already taking advantage of money-saving benefits with VIAWorks.

    These are some of the San Antonio-area’s industry leaders who are driving the future with VIAWorks:

    Construction
    • Zachry Industrial Inc.

    Energy
    • Valero Energy Group

    Financial
    • Frost Bank

    Government / Utilities
    • Bexar County

    • City of San Antonio

    • CPS Energy

    Health Care
    • Baptist Health System

    • Methodist Hospitals

    • University Health System

    Higher Education
    • Career Point College

    • University of Texas-San Antonio

    Hospitality/Tourism
    • Boudro’s on the Riverwalk

    • Courtyard Riverwalk by Marriott

    • Doubletree Hotels

    • Emily Morgan Hotel

    • Holiday Inn Hotels

    • Hotel Contessa

    • Hotel Emma

    • Hotel Valencia

    • La Cantera Hill Country Resort

    • La Quinta Inn & Suites

    • Marriott Plaza Hotel

    • Menger Hotel

    • Omni La Mansion Del Rio

    Non-profit
    • Goodwill Industries of San Antonio

    • Southwest Research Institute (Research & Development – Technical)

For questions, or to sign up to be a VIAWorks partner, call (210) 362-2310.

Benefits of Public Transportation

  • Every $1 invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns.

  • A two-person household can save up to $10,174 by riding public transportation.

  • Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.

  • Public transportation use in the United States reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.

Imagine what your employees can do when riding with VIAWorks.