VIAWorks

VIAWorks, the Employer Transit Benefit Program from VIA Metropolitan Transit, offers a solid return on investment by connecting people to jobs and opportunities, with significant savings to commuting costs.

Investing in public transportation with VIAWorks benefits us all.

For Employers:

  • Tax incentives: VIAWorks programs provide tax savings for employers who pay for all or part of public transportation costs for employees.

  • Recruitment and retention incentives

  • Reduced need for subsidized employee parking

  • Environmentally responsible options

For Employees:

  • Tax incentives: Employees who use VIAWorks can pay for transportation costs with pre-tax dollars.

  • Affordable access to the workplace

  • Reduced commuting costs

  • Increased productivity

  • 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

    The Business Pass program is simple. 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 only pay for passes that have been issued to employees that month. Nearly 6,000 passes are issued monthly through VIA’s Business Pass program.

    At a glance

    • 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

    The EZ Ride annual pass offers flexibility. With EZ Ride, employers may offer transit benefits to all or a fixed number of employees. (Rates vary by corporate and government entities.) The program gives employees 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

    • Provide the annual pass for all employees.

    • Pay $82 per year, per employee – less than $0.23 per day.

    • Government agencies pay $60 per year– about $0.16 per day.

    • Participants must employ at least 25 employees for this option.

    Option 2

    • Provide the annual pass for a fixed number of employees.

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

  • 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 $255 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.

    *Tax benefits per IRS Code Section 132(f), as of 2016.

    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 leading industry employers who have partnered with VIA for a better way to work:

    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

Public Transportation Enhances Personal Opportunities

  • Public transportation provides access to job opportunities for millions of people.

  • Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom.

Public Transportation Provides Economic Opportunities & Drives Community Growth and Revitalization

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

Public Transportation Saves Money

  • A two-person household can save, on average, more than $10,174 a year by downsizing to one car.

Source: American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption

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

  • Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit.

Public Transportation Reduces Carbon Emissions

  • Public transportation use in the United States reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. This is equivalent to Washington, D.C.; New York City; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined stopping electricity use.

  • One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.