VIA ReadAlong – January 2019

HAPPY NEW PRÍMO

High-frequency service now on Zarzamora.

Faster. Better. Prímo.

VIA is starting the new year with a new Prímo route that travels from Crossroads Park & Ride to the Madla Transit Center along Fredericksburg Road and Zarzamora Street.

103 Prímo Zarzamora provides 12-minute frequency during peak hours, and daily service until 1 a.m. Ride Prímo for $1.30 each trip, or $2.75 unlimited all day. Fares can be easily purchased with the VIA goMobile app.

Plan your next trip at on Trip Planning page.

NEW SERVICE FROM CROSSROADS TO MADLA

• 12-min service from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• Service from 4:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. every day

• Fewer stops and traffic signal priority for faster trips

• Enhanced Prímo stops with real-time bus arrivals

• Public art from local and national artists

• Prímo vehicles

Shorter Wait
Faster Connections

Your time is important. That’s why VIA works hard to give you more of it with routes stopping every 15 minutes or less. VIA continues to increase its service frequency on some of the most utilized routes around the city to provide you more options, more convenience and more ways for you to get where you need to go.

New high-frequency routes added in January 2019 run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Every 15 minutes – Routes 82, and 88

Every 20 minutes – Routes 9, 10, 43, and 44

In 2018, upgraded frequency to routes 3, 20, 24, 26, and 28, and now provides high frequency service on 27 daily routes. For more information, visit VIAinfo. net/highfrequency.

SAFETY SOFIE

Safety Sofie wants to make sure everyone enjoys riding VIA and has these tips for everyone to stay safe when taking the bus:

• Don’t approach a moving bus and never chase a bus.

• Do not step in front of a bus or stand between vehicles.

• Be aware of your surroundings at a bus stop or crossing the street.

• Listen to the bus operator’s instructions.

• Wait for the bus on the sidewalk.

Options Let You Get to Class with Ease

Here’s a quick refresher
on some great VIA options

With the VIA Semester Pass and U-Pass at select schools, you can use your pass and ride anytime on any regular service bus throughout the system.

U-PASS

Students enrolled Our Lady of Lake University or any Alamo Colleges District campus – San Antonio College, St. Philip’s, Palo Alto, Northwest Vista, or Northeast Lakeview – are eligible for the new VIA U-Pass, which is included in the school tuition.

Students simply show their Student ID when boarding any regular service bus.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR A SEMESTER PASS?

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN GRADES K-12 QUALIFY WITH:
a valid school or VIA student photo ID,
• proof of registration, and
• required forms available at their school office.

STUDENTS ENROLLED AT A LOCAL COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OR TRADE SCHOOL QUALIFY WITH:
• a valid school or VIA student photo ID,
• proof of registration/enrollment in an accredited college/university degree plan, or trade school curriculum program, and
• proof of paid tuition.

WHERE CAN I GET A VIA SEMESTER PASS?
• UTSA students can get their pass on campus.
• Alamo Community College and Our Lady of the Lake University offer the U-Pass, which works like a Semester Pass and is included in your student tuition
• Semester Passes are available at any VIA Information Center.

Visit VIAinfo.net/reduced-fares for more information.

VIAtrans Is Ready
For the New Year

VIA has partnered with a new VIAtrans service provider to offer you a reliable, comfortable ride with new vehicles and some new faces. MV Transportation, our new VIAtrans service partner, began operating in November 2018.

MV brings more than 40 years of national paratransit experience and a fleet of new transit vans to serve the community.

While MV vehicles are new, your VIAtrans service will be as safe, reliable and friendly as always. VIAoperated vans will continue in service, alongside MV vehicles, and scheduling and automatic trip reminders will remain the same.

VIAtrans connects riders to work, school and other destination over 4,000 times a month. This sharedride service for customers with disabilities plays an important role in the community by providing access and independence through mobility. Visit VIAinfo.net/viatrans-paratransit for more information.

SPECIAL EVENTS

JOIN THE MARCH
WITH FARE-FREE VIA SERVICE

VIA will provide convenient and FARE-FREE bus service to the Martin Luther King, Jr., March on January 21 from two locations:

Freeman Coliseum, Lot 1
3201 E. Houston St.
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

St. Philip’s College Lot 22
Corner of Montana and Mittman streets
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Return bus service will run from noon to 3 p.m. from Pittman Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa St.
For more information on this free service to the MLK Jr. March, call VIA at (210) 362-2020.

HOLIDAY BUS SCHEDULE

VIA Metropolitan Transit bus routes and information centers will operate on the following special schedule on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday:

• All regular bus routes – “Saturday” schedule
• “Go Line” customer information line, 210-362-2020 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Downtown Information Center – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• All other information centers – Closed

For assistance in planning trips with VIA, customers can call 210-362-2020

JANUARY PARK & RIDE SCHEDULE

VIA’s Special Event Park & Ride Service provides convenient transportation to Spurs basketball games at the AT&T Center. Fare is just $5 roundtrip. Visit our Park & Ride page to Park. Ride. Cheer.

Here’s a schedule of upcoming games in January:

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

01.14 | CHARLOTTE HORNETS
01.20 | LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
01.27 | WASHINGTON WIZARDS
01.29 | PHOENIX SUNS
01.31 | BROOKLYN NETS
02.02 | NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

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.

HOW TO REACH US

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

STAY CONNECTED WITH VIA

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