Quick Start Guide - VIA Metropolitan Transit

Quick Start Guide

Ready to try transit? Welcome aboard!

We’ll help you get started in five easy steps using the VIA goMobile app. If you prefer not to use the app, jump to the How to Ride section for assistance.

5 Easy Steps for mobile-first riders + Have you downloaded the app?
Step 1 - Plan your trip - Select “Trip Planner” from the goMobile app menu. Enter your start and end point 
and choose your route. + Make it personal. Customize departure or arrival times and use ‘options’ to sort by best route.
Step 2 - Buy your ticket. On the app buy a Day Pass for $2.75 - This ticket covers every route and unlimited transfers. + Save money. Fares are half-price for veterans, students, and those with disabilities.
Step 3 - Go to your bus stop. Use the trip planner to get to your starting point. Match the 5-digit stop ID with what's on your smartphone. + Double-check your stop! Zoom in on the map to see whether you might need to cross the road.
Step 4 - Board the right bus. Match the 1- to 3-digit route number on your phone to the approaching bus. - Activate your mobile ticket and show it to the operator. + Traveling with a group? Purchase multiple passes and show tickets from a single VIA goMobile app.
Step 5 - Get off at your stop. When your stop is next, alert the operator by pulling the cable or pushing the rubber strip near window. Operators will pass the stop if not alerted. - Think ahead. Check the estimated arrival time for your stop on the trip planner.

Need to transfer? 

Repeat steps 3-5. Back to step 3.

Want more info?

We offer six bus services – each color coded to match the
route numbers on your trip planner.


    Frequent pickups every 10-15 mins



    Direct routes from Park & Rides to Downtown


  • SKIP

    Skip certain bus stops for a quicker ride



    Pickup at least every 20 mins at bus stops



    Most common service every 30-60 mins


Passes are valid for unlimited rides on all services–except Special Event Park & Ride. Visit viainfo.net/rates for other payment options and additional information.

Day Pass$2.75$1.35
7-Day Pass(Weekly)$12.00$6.00
31-Day Pass(Monthly)$38.00$19.00
Semester Pass$38.00-
Event Park & Ride (each way)$1.30$.60
Kids 4 and underFREEFREE

*Reduced fares are available to seniors, students, persons with certain disabilities,
medicare recipients, children ages 5-13, active-duty U.S. military, and veterans.

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Park & Rides/Transit CentersParking Spots Express RoutesIndoor RestroomInfo Center*

12002 Jones Maltsberger Rd
Centro Plaza

909 W. Houston St.

151 Crossroads Blvd.
Ellis Alley

212 Chestnut Sreet

Tx Hwy 181 S at S Loop 1604 E.

3215 Northwestern Dr.

7183 Highway 90 W.

1584 Cantrell
North Star

7538 San Pedro Ave.

9400 IH 35 N.
South Texas Med. Center

5330 Medical
Stone Oak

22139 U.S. 281 N.

N. Loop 1604 W. and IH 10 W.

*Information centers have staff available to answer questions.

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