VIA Metropolitan Transit will provide free bus and VIAtrans trips throughout its service area to all federal government employees who are affected by the partial government shutdown beginning Friday, January 18. Federal workers can ride VIA fare-free by showing their federal government employee ID to the bus or van operator.

Free service will remain available on all VIA mainline bus service, including Prímo and VIVA, and VIAtrans paratransit service, for the duration of the government shutdown.

VIA understands transportation is essential to our daily lives. Through various programs and partnerships, we find opportunities to support our community with safe, reliable and affordable transportation options every day. We are pleased to be able to offer free service to all federal workers who are serving our country during the government shutdown.

First-time riders can visit to learn how to plan a trip, purchase future fares, and access other helpful information. Download the free VIA goMobile app for Apple and Android devices to purchase tickets and plan trips using a smartphone. Passengers can text their 5-digit bus stop number to 52020 for bus arrival information. For more information or assistance, contact VIA Customer Service at (210) 362-2020. Registered VIAtrans customers should schedule their trip in accordance with VIAtrans policies and procedures.