VIA is committed to promoting positive relations and outreach in the community. A number of programs are offered to engage the community in public transportation and create partnerships with those we serve.
VIA Moves Me – Rider Stories
VIA provided 36.6 million passenger trips in 2018, connecting our community with the places where we live, work, play, and learn. Our customers and their experiences are as unique and diverse as the region we serve, with one thing in common—riding VIA.
VIA is reaching out to our customers and asking them to tell their one-of-a-kind stories, and share all the ways that VIA moves them. We will post those stories here and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using #VIAmovesme.
Take a moment to get to know your fellow VIA passengers. Learn about VIA’s programs and services and how public transportation helps keep our community moving forward, together.
VIA SHAPES A NEW GENERATION OF RIDERS
This is Heather Haynes-Smith and A.J.’s Story.
VIA PROVIDES ACCESS TO EVERYDAY LIFE
This is Humbertina Hernandez’s story.
VIA PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR INDEPENDENCE
This is Sully Baxter’s Story. .
VIA PROVIDES ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN
This is Eddie Romero’s Story. .
VIA’S CNG BUSES PROVIDE CLEANER, ‘GREENER’ RIDE
This is Brent Angermiller’s Story.
VIA’S VIVA MISSIONS PROVIDES ACCESS TO HISTORY
This is Roberto Cantu’s story.
VIA’S PROVIDES ACCESS TO BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
This is the Bethany East PR story.
VIA’S SEMESTER PASS OFFERS ACCESS TO EDUCATION
This is Evangline’s story
RIDE VIA TO VOTE
The Ride VIA to Vote initiative provides free public transportation on municipal, state, and federal election days for passengers who present a valid voter registration card to the bus or van operator. The initiative began in spring 2016 to encourage civic participation throughout the VIA service area.
The complimentary service will be available for regular bus service and VIAtrans paratransit service throughout the VIA service area on Election Days. Registered VIAtrans customers should schedule their trip in accordance with VIAtrans policies and procedures.
For additional information regarding routes and schedules on Election Day, call (210) 362-2020. Visit The Bexar County Election Site to find your polling location.
BIBLIOTECH DIGITAL LIBRARY
BiblioTech and VIA Metropolitan Transit have partnered to bring Bexar County’s all-digital public library to the traveling public with the new “Ride & Read” program.
This new 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.
VIA Bibliotech Kiosk Locations
The new BiblioTech freestanding kiosk and ADA-compliant wall-mounted screen are available at the following locations:
Downtown Information Center
Ellis Alley Transit Center
Medical Center Transit Center
Crossroads Park & Ride
North Star Transit Center
BiblioTech Digital Library is the first all-digital public library in the United States, located in Bexar County, Texas.
Since the doors of the first branch opened on September 14th, 2013, BiblioTech has actively worked to bridge literacy and technology gaps in San Antonio and surrounding areas by establishing a community presence at the physical locations as well as an online presence through the digital collections and resources.
Begin selecting and reading your favorite titles.
VIA riders can use the kiosks to register as BiblioTech patrons, then browse and download books from a collection of more than 40,000 e-book titles. Once a rider’s selections are downloaded to a mobile device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop, the e-books remain available for two weeks before the titles are electronically returned. All registered BiblioTech patrons can use VIA’s free 4G LTE WiFi, available on all buses and at all transit centers, to access BiblioTech’s apps, and browse and download books, movies, music and periodicals.
Membership to the library is free to all Bexar County residents.
Access to the digital collection is available 24/7.
NATIONAL ARTS PROGRAM
The National Arts Program works with VIA to organize an annual VIA Employee Art Contest and Exhibit. This exhibit showcases the artistic talents of VIA’s employees and their family members. The artwork is displayed in a local art gallery for one month before being put on display at VIA headquarters.
VIA employees participate in the annual United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County Community Campaign drive.
Meet the VIA Mascots
Buster, VIA’s premier mascot, debuted in 1981 and became a beloved symbol in San Antonio and Bexar County, visiting with thousands throughout his decades of service to promote the benefits and ease of using public transportation.
Prímo represents VIA’s expanding fleet of Bus Rapid Transit vehicles and an important development for the future of public transportation in the region.
Safety Sofie is a champion for traveling safely. She reminds everyone to stop, look, and listen when walking, driving or riding. She uses her super safety powers to help us make roadways and walkways safer for everyone.