VIA ReadAlong – April 2019

Take VIA’s easy and affordable Park & Ride
Special Event Service to your favorite Fiesta events

Take VIA’s easy and affordable Park & Ride Special Event Service to your favorite Fiesta events. Special Event fare is $2.50 each way with discounts available for children, seniors, students, and active-duty military. VIAtrans customers and children under age 5 ride free.

Skip the token line and buy your Park & Ride passes on the VIA goMobile app today. Cash and credit cards also accepted at Fiesta Park & Ride locations. VIA bus passes are not valid for this service. VIAtrans service will also be available to Fiesta for registered patrons. The usual VIAtrans reservation policies apply.

Visit VIAinfo.net/fiesta or call (210) 362-2020 for more information about VIA’s Fiesta Park & Ride service. Park & Ride to these Fiesta events. Use our color-coded guide below for locations:

Drop-off/Pick-up: Market Street at Convention Center
Bus service begins: 5 p.m. Monday
Last returning bus: 10 p.m. Monday
Mainline Service: Multiple Downtown Routes

LEFT: More than a quarter of million people will line the banks of the San Antonio River for the Texas Cavaliers River Parade that features more than 50 floats with celebrities, festive participants, and live music. (Photo: Courtesy TexasCavaliers.org)

Drop-off/Pick-up: Market Street at Convention Center
Bus service begins: 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday
Last returning bus: 11 p.m. Tuesday to Friday
Mainline Service: Multiple Downtown Routes

Drop-off/Pick-up: Alamo Stadium
Bus service begins:  4:30 p.m. Thursday
Last returning bus: 10 p.m. Thursday
Mainline Service:8

Drop-off/Pick-up: Market Street at Convention Center
Bus service begins:  7:30 a.m. Friday
Last returning bus: 11 p.m. Friday
Mainline Service:  Multiple Downtown Routes
Detours: Most routes detoured, beginning at 3 a.m.

RIGHT: What began in 1891 as a patriotic celebration to honor the heroes of the Alamo, Goliad and the Battle of San Jacinto has since evolved into one of the oldest and largest parades in the country. (Photo: Courtesy BattleofFlowers.org)

Drop-off/Pick-up: South Main at Gunther
Bus service begins:  8 a.m. Saturday
Last returning bus: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Mainline Service:34 | 42 | 46 | 51 | 54

Drop-off/Pick-up: Market Street at Convention Center
Bus service begins:  5 p.m.. Saturday
Last returning bus: 11 p.m. Saturday
Mainline Service:  Multiple Downtown Routes
Detours: Most routes detoured, beginning at 3 p.m.

LEFT: A VIA Metropolitan Transit trolley was transformed into a dazzling display of light and color for the 2018 Fiesta Flambeau. The vintage bus will be part of the festivities again this year. (Photo: VIA Metropolitan Transit)

Drop-off/Pick-up: South Main at Gunther
Bus service begins:  8 a.m. Saturday
Last returning bus: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Mainline Service:34 | 42 | 46 | 51 | 54

Drop-off/Pick-up: Market Street at Convention Center
Bus service begins:  5 p.m.. Saturday
Last returning bus: 11 p.m. Saturday
Mainline Service:  Multiple Downtown Routes
Detours: Most routes detoured, beginning at 3 p.m.

LEFT: A VIA Metropolitan Transit trolley was transformed into a dazzling display of light and color for the 2018 Fiesta Flambeau. The vintage bus will be part of the festivities again this year. (Photo: VIA Metropolitan Transit)

Alamodome Parking Lot C, 100 Montana Market Street at Convention Center
Park & Ride Service is not available to the carnival. Riders can travel to nearby downtown Fiesta events using Park & Ride or regular bus service, including Routes 26, 28, and 30. Use VIA’s Trip Planner or call (210) 362-2020 to plan your trip or get assistance.

PARK & RIDE LOCATIONS


FIESTA PARADE REROUTE INFO

Rerouted for Friday, April 26, for the Battle of Flowers Parade and Saturday, April 27, for the Fiesta Flambeau. Most boardings for buses serving the Downtown area will be at Travis Park, Centro Plaza, Ellis Alley and Nueva Street at Jack White.

The reroute schedule will run from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Battle of Flowers Parade, and from 2 p.m. until the
final trip for Fiesta Flambeau. Visit out Fiesta Page for a complete list of all routes affected.

MORE OF WHAT YOU NEED. IMAGINE THAT.

VIA is reimaging the way you ride with a bold new plan to help you stay mobile while traffic and commute times grow.

The “VIA Reimagined” Plan includes a Better Bus System, Advance Rapid Transit Network that bypasses traffic, and innovative solutions for paying and boarding.

The plan builds on people-driven findings to see beyond the current system where the majority of VIA bus routes run at a 30- to 60-minute frequency. It continues improvements that have already begun, including more than 1,000 new or improved bus shelters and a new trip-planning and payment app. New high-frequency Prímo service and shorter waits on nearly 20 routes are now also a reality.

To learn more about how VIA Reimagined works for you, visit the Reimagined Page today.

MEDAL MANIA

Earn your 2019 Fiesta Medal when you ride VIA.

VIA is kicking off Fiesta 2019 with a 10K medal giveaway! Here’s how to get your free VIA Fiesta Medal

ONE
Take VIA Park & Ride Special Event Service to participating Fiesta events (see above) and get your 2019 VIA Fiesta Medal, while they last.

TWO
Follow VIA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and enter Fiesta contests for a chance to win VIA’s 2019 medal, VIA merchandise and tickets to Fiesta events.

THREE
Look for “Pancho VIA” and VIA’s Fiesta Prize Patrol at events throughout Fiesta. You could win on the spot! Tune in to VIA’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for clues.

SERVICE CHANGES

May Service Changes include VIA Link Launch

Several VIA routes changes, including the launch of VIA Link will go into effect on May, 6, 2019.

VIA Link, is a pilot program designed to provide on demand transportation in the Northeast San Antonio area, beginning in May 2019.

Visit the VIA LINK page for more information.

Here is a quick look at the service changes going into effect:

Route 515 Southcross: A segment of the route will be modified to operate on White/VFW between Mission and S. Presa instead of Southcross to accommodate bus clearance issues over a railroad crossing.

Route 615 Kel-Lac / Heritage Park: A minor change at the end of the route will be made for operational safety.

Route 640 Valley Forge, Route 641 Knollcreek, Route 642 Nacogdoches: Service in this area is scheduled to be changed to the new VIA Link service during the summer. A specific date for this change will be announced.

Routes with other minor schedule adjustments include: 20, 26, 32, 82, 95, 96, 100, 301, 672

ABOUT VIA METROPOLITAN TRANSIT

VIA connects our community to opportunity, supports economic vitality, and enhances quality of life throughout our region. VIA, recognized by the Texas Transit Association in 2018 as the
Outstanding Metro Transit Authority of the year, serves 14 member cities and the unincorporated areas of Bexar County, operating seven days a week on 92 routes. Last year, VIA provided nearly 40 million rides across the region. VIA’s AAA bond rating reflects the organization’s sound management and financial practices. Visit VIAinfo.net for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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800 W. Myrtle,
San Antonio, TX 78212
Customer Service: (210) 362-2020
VIAtrans Scheduling: (210) 362-5050

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