In 2016, after hearing from the community on what the transportation system of tomorrow should be, VIA adopted Vision 2040, a long-range plan for public transportation across the region. Vision 2040 has three parts which work together to transform the VIA of today into the VIA of tomorrow. One central part is the creation of rapid transit corridors – dedicated lanes for public transportation to provide frequent, reliable service able to bypass the traffic of cars and trucks on our roadways.
Within these corridors we may see bus rapid transit, using vehicles similar to Primo, or we may see a trackless train, a new technology being tested in China currently. Having these dedicated corridors enables more choices and more options for your daily trips – and puts transit in the driver seat when it comes to provide the rapid and robust system our community has told us it wants to see.
RAPID TRANSIT OVERVIEW
The Greater San Antonio Region is a dynamic metropolitan area, growing and changing in response to an influx of new residents and evolving transportation needs. Residents, businesses, and visitors throughout the region will continue to demand and rely on seamless transportation choices to connect key population and employment centers. An integrated network of transportation options contributes to the vitality of the region. A Draft Rapid Transit Network Plan builds off of VIA Metropolitan Transit’s (VIA) community-driven Vision 2040 Long Range Plan. It identifies a network of specific corridors where high-capacity transit improvements can be phased in to provide reliable transit service that improves access, speeds commutes, attracts new riders, and complements existing and future developments. This transformative plan puts into action a new era of mobility in Greater San Antonio, bringing world-class transportation options to our vibrant region.
Our region is growing and will face significant travel challenges in the future. Vision 2040 identified a system of Rapid Transit Corridors as areas of opportunity where transit can play an increased role in supporting our transportation system.
Identifyinga Range of Solutions
The Vision 2040 Rapid Transit Corridor Analysis will identify a range of transit solutions to serve our region’s busiest and most vibrant areas of activity, employment and housing. The analysis will research various modes of transportation, and design alternatives to best meet the regional and neighborhood transportation needs.
By engaging the community, the Vision 2040 Rapid Transit Corridor Analysis will work to evaluate all alternatives and identify a preferred option that meets the transit needs of today and tomorrow. The preferred recommendation could result in bus rapid transit, light rail transit, express bus services, or other innovative transportation solutions.
DefiningProjects and Plans
One significant outcome of Vision 2040 Rapid Transit Corridor Analysis will be a set of projects and plans to be added to the existing capital plan, VIA SmartMove. VIA’s short-term investments will be consistent with the purpose and need identified throughout the process of the Vision 2040 Rapid Transit Corridor Analysis.
RAPID TRANSIT CORRIDOR – SUMMER 2018 OPEN HOUSE MEETING MATERIALS
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PUBLIC OUTREACH FALL 2017
The purpose of the Fall 2017 public meeting was to gather input on the Purpose & Need, solicit input to refine a set of alternatives and modes in each study area, identify needs and issues along the corridors, and gather feedback through a survey. The meetings also provided information on ways in which community members can get involved in future RTC Studies activities and how to find more information.
The purpose of the Summer 2017 public meetings was to help solicit input to refine a set of alternatives and modes in each study area, identify needs and issues along the corridors, and gather feedback through a survey. The meetings also provided information on how the public can get involved in future RTC Studies activities and how to find more information.
The purpose of this first phase of public workshops was to update the public regarding next steps in the implementation of Vision 2040, and to solicit feedback on the draft purpose and needs statements, study areas, and options for rapid transit. The workshops also provided information on how the public can get involved in future RTC Studies activities and how to find more information.