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VIA Metropolitan Transit
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Slogan We're Going Places
Founded 1977
Headquarters 1021 San Pedro San Antonio, Texas
Locale San Antonio
Service area San Antonio and Bexar County
Service type Bus Service, Bus Rapid Transit (2012)
Routes 91
Stops 6,960
Fleet 510
Daily ridership 45 million passengers (in FY 2006-2007)
Fuel type Diesel
Operator VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority
Web site viainfo.net
A VIA bus at a downtown intersection

VIA Metropolitan Transit (or simply VIA) is the mass transit agency serving San Antonio, Texas. It began operation in 1978 as a successor to the San Antonio Transit System. VIA's employees are organized with the Amalgamated Transit Union.

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History

VIA was created in 1977 when the citizens of Bexar County voted in favor of one-half cent sales tax to fund the service. Subsequently, VIA purchased transit assets from the City of San Antonio and began operations in March 1978, taking its name from the Spanish word for road. Later, in 2004, San Antonians approved the formation of the Advanced Transportation District. This quarter-cent sales tax expanded and improved VIA operations.

Throughout the 20th Century, VIA used Propane as fuel for their buses. It wasn't until 2000 when VIA started to use diesel fuel to operate their bus fleet.

Services

VIA operates approximately 460 buses (most of which are wheelchair accessible) on 87 bus lines serving San Antonio and the majority of Bexar County. The bus lines are separated into "Metro" routes, "Frequent" routes, "Skip" routes (Limited Stop "Frequent" routes), "Express" routes[1], and "Streetcar" routes (downtown only)[2]. VIA also offers shuttle service to special events, such as Spurs games and selected events from the annual Fiesta. About 36 million trips are made on VIA every year. VIA also offers "VIATrans" paratransit services for disabled travelers.

Fares for VIA have remained relatively modest during its existence. At its inception in 1978, fares were 25 cents for most routes. Fares for most fixed routes during 2006 were 80 cents and a monthly bus pass was $20, much lower than most transit systems in the country. On January 1, 2007, basic fares were raised to $1 and monthly pass prices were raised to $25[3]. Basic fares increased to $1.10 and monthly pass prices were raised to $30 on January 1, 2009[4].

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Plans

VIA is to add Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service to Fredericksburg Road by 2012. VIA is looking into other corridors to add Bus Rapid Transit to in the coming decades[5].

Governance

VIA is governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees, all of whom have two year terms[6].

Ten of the trustees are appointed by the various governmental entities in Bexar County – the city of San Antonio appoints five members, the Bexar County Commissioners Court appoints three, and the mayors of the suburban cities acting in concert appoint two. The appointed trustees then elect a chairperson as the Board's eleventh member. Keith Parker is VIA's President/CEO.

Types of Routes

Types of VIA Metropolitan Transit Bus Lines
Type of Route [7] Map/Schedule color Service Selected Examples Cost of Bus Fare (One Way Trip)
Metro Purple Bus Service from Downtown San Antonio to specific suburban areas or projects, or from specific Transit Centers and Park & Rides to specific suburban areas or projects. Buses usually run every hour, though some run more frequently. 8 - North St. Mary's, 89 - Poplar, 90 - Woodlawn, 603 - Medical Center/UTSA, 620 - Ingram/Northwest Vista College $1.10
Frequent Red Similar to Metro Service, but runs more frequently. Most Frequent routes have buses that runs every 15 minutes during most of the day. 14 - Perrin-Beitel Frequent, 92 - Fredericksburg Frequent, 524 - General McMullen Frequent $1.10
Skip Green Skip routes are Metro routes that cover frequently traveled roads in San Antonio, and are modified to have fewer stops along the way to improve travel times. 76 - Old Highway 90 Skip, 91 - Fredericksburg Skip, 550/551 - Looper (Loop 410) Skip $1.10
Express Orange Express Routes are routes that cover major highway arteries in San Antonio. Express Routes are designed for quick travel down these highways with very few stops. Some Express Routes are also dedicated specifically for transport from military bases to the Downtown USO club. 17 - I-35 Express, 93 - I-10 Express/UTSA, 94 - I-10 Express/UTSA $2.50
Sightseer Turquoise The Sightseer special is a specially designed Metro Route that specifically stops at several landmarks and tourist attractions in San Antonio. 7 - Sightseer Special $1.10
Streetcar Red, Yellow, Blue Streetcar Routes are designed for Downtown sightseeing in retrofitted historic streetcars. Each streetcar has a route sign with a symbol and a color to signal what route it is on. Red Streetcar Route, Yellow Streetcar Route, Blue Streetcar Route $1.10

List of Routes Serviced

VIA Metropolitan Transit Routes Serviced (Since March 1, 2010)
# Route Name Major Destination Points
2 Blanco Blanco @ Loop 1604, Parliament Square, North Star Transit Center, Downtown
3 San Pedro Skip Blossom Park and Ride, North Star Transit Center, Downtown
4 San Pedro Frequent North Star Transit Center, Downtown
5 McCullough San Antonio International Airport, North Star Transit Center, Olmos Park, Downtown
6 U.S. 281 Express Parkhills Park & Ride, Downtown
7 Sightseer Special Botanical Garden, Witte Museum, San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio Children's Museum, Downtown
8 North Saint Mary's Randolph Park & Ride, Alamo Heights, University of the Incarnate Word, Trinity University, Downtown
9 Broadway Salado Cliffs, Alamo Heights, Downtown
10 Naco/Broadway Naco Pass, Alamo Heights, Downtown
14 Perrin-Beitel Frequent Naco Pass, Terrell Hills, Alamo Heights, University of the Incarnate Word, Downtown
16 Fort Sam Houston/USO Express Fort Sam Houston, USO
17 I-35 North Express Randolph Park & Ride, Downtown
20 New Braunfels Frequent Brookside, City Base Landing, State Hospital, McCreless Marketplace, San Antonio College, Downtown
21 Kirby/Converse Randolph Park & Ride, Converse, Kirby, Downtown
22 Hays Frequent Sutton Homes, Rivercenter Mall, Downtown
24 East Houston Frequent Eastwood Industrial Park, AT&T Center, Wheatley Courts, Ellis Alley Park & Ride, Downtown
25 East Commerce Frequent Royal View, Huntleigh Park, Honey, Ellis Alley Park & Ride, Downtown
26 Martin Luther King Eastwood Village, St. Philips College, Alamodome, Downtown
28 Porter Dellcrest, Southeast Baptist Hospital, Alamodome, Downtown
30 Rigsby St. Hedwig, Lone Oak, China Grove, Dellcrest, Comanche Park, Alamodome, Downtown
32 Steves Highland Hills, Texas Department of Human Services, Downtown
34 South Saint Mary's Brooks City Base, McCreless Marketplace, Juvenile Detention Center, Downtown
36 South Presa Elmendorf, Brooks City Base, San Antonio State Hospital, Downtown
42 Roosevelt Villa Coronado, Losoya, Mission Road Development Center, Downtown
43 South Flores Kingsborough, Bellaire, Downtown
44 Pleasanton Moursund @ Loop 410, Downtown
46 Commercial Kingsborough, Commercial, Downtown
48 I-35 South Express Kings Point, Madla Transit Center, Downtown
51 Nogalitos Madla Transit Center, Southwest General Hospital, Downtown
54 South Alamo Palm Heights, Zarzamora Public Health Clinic, Downtown
62 Kirk Port San Antonio, Downtown
64 US 90 Express Northwest Vista College, Sea World, Kel-Lac Transit Center, Downtown
65 Lackland AFB/USO Express Lackland AFB BMT Reception Center, USO Downtown
66 Ceralvo Frequent University Southwest Family Health Center, Downtown
67 Laredo Las Palmas Shopping Ctr., Downtown
68 Guadalupe Frequent University Southwest Family Health Center, Las Palmas Shopping Center, Downtown
70 West Durango Las Palmas Shopping Center, Downtown
75 West Commerce Frequent University Southwest Family Health Center, Acme Park, Our Lady of the Lake University, Downtown
76 Old Highway 90 West Skip Kel-Lac Transit Center, Our Lady of the Lake University, Downtown
77 Martin Loma Terrace, Downtown
79 Ruiz Frequent Rosedale Park, University Downtown Health Center, Downtown
82 Culebra Ingram Transit Center, Ingram Mall, Northside Athletic Complex, SW Research Center, St. Mary's University, Downtown
88 Bandera Rd. / Evers Rd. Mainland, Leon Valley, Downtown
89 Poplar Ingram Transit Center, University Downtown Health Center, Downtown
90 Woodlawn Ingram Transit Center, Ingram Mall, St. Mary's University, San Antonio College, Downtown
91 Fredericksburg Skip Woodway Park, USAA, Medical Center Transit Center, Crossroads Mall, Deco District, Downtown
92 Fredericksburg Frequent Medical Center Transit Center, Crossroads Park & Ride, Crossroads Mall, Deco District, Downtown
93 I-10 West Crossroads/UTSA Express U.T.S.A., Valero, University Park & Ride, Crossroads Park & Ride, U.T.S.A. Downtown, Downtown
94 I-10 West Fiesta Texas Express The Rim, Fiesta Texas, The Shops at La Cantera, U.T.S.A., University Park & Ride, Crossroads Park & Ride (weekends), U.T.S.A. Downtown, Downtown
96 Vance Jackson University Heights Business Park, Deco District, Downtown
97 West Avenue The Rim, University Heights Business Park, Castle Hills, Deco District, Downtown
502 Thousand Oaks Randolph Park & Ride, Morgan's Wonderland, Naco Pass, North Star Transit Center
505 Basse Randolph Park & Ride, Alamo Heights, Crossroads Park & Ride
509 Hildebrand Randolph Park & Ride, Northeast Baptist Hospital, Alamo Heights, Deco District, Crossroads Park & Ride
515 Southcross Southcross Ranch, Southeast Baptist Hospital, McCreless Marketplace, South San
520 Zarzamora Frequent Crossroads Park & Ride, Deco District, Texas Diabetes Institute, Madla Transit Center, Palo Alto College
522 Babcock Woodway Park, Medical Center Transit Center, Las Palmas Shopping Center
524 General McMullen Frequent Crossroads Park & Ride, Las Palmas Shopping Ctr., Southwest General Hospital, Palo Alto College
534 Wurzbach Ingram Transit Center, Medical Center Transit Center, North Star Transit Center
550 Looper (Clockwise) Skip Randolph Park & Ride, Madla Transit Center, Kel-Lac Transit Center, Ingram Transit Center, Crossroads Park & Ride, North Star Transit Center
551 Looper (Counterclockwise) Skip Randolph Park & Ride, North Star Transit Center, Crossroads Park & Ride, Ingram Transit Center, Kel-Lac Transit Center, Madla Transit Center
602 North Star Transit Center/Medical Center North Star Transit Center, Castle Hills, Medical Center Transit Center
603 Medical Center/UTSA UTSA, University Park & Ride, University Business Park, USAA, Medical Center Transit Center
604 Medical Center/University Park University Business Park, Medical Center Transit Center
605 UTSA/Mainland U.T.S.A., Braun Station, Mainland
606 Medical Center/Alamo Ranch Medical Center Transit Center, Mainland, Braun Station, Alamo Ranch
607 Medical Center/Ingram Ingram Transit Center, Medical Center Transit Center
609 Ingram/Mainland Ingram Transit Center, Mainland
610 Ingram/Northwest Crossing Northwest Crossing, Ingram Transit Center
611 Valley-Hi/Kel-Lac Valley Hi, Kel-Lac Transit Center
612 Kel-Lac/Westlakes Westlakes, Kel-Lac Transit Center
613 Heritage Northwest/Kel-Lac Heritage Northwest, Westlakes, Kel-Lac Transit Center
614 Hidden Cove/Kel-Lac Hidden Cove, Lackland AFB, Kel-Lac Transit Center
615 Kel-Lac/Heritage Park Heritage Park, Westlakes, Kel-Lac Transit Center
616 Sky Harbour/Kel-Lac Sky Harbour, Kel-Lac Transit Center
617 Kel-Lac/Rainbow Hills Rainbow Hills, Westlakes, Kel-Lac Transit Center
618 Ingram/Westlakes Westlakes, Ingram Transit Center
619 Kel-Lac/Indian Creek Indian Creek, Lackland AFB, Kel-Lac Transit Center
620 Northwest Vista College/Ingram Northwest Vista College, Ingram Transit Center
630 Randolph/Industry Park/Sunrise Sunrise, Industry Park, Randolph Park & Ride
632 Randolph/Ventura Ventura, The Glen, Randolph Park & Ride
640 Valley Forge/Nacogdoches Rolling Oaks Mall, Valley Forge, Naco Pass
641 Knollcreek/Nacogdoches Rolling Oaks Mall, Knollcreek, Naco Pass
647 North Star Transit Center/Harry Wurzbach The Towers, Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, North Star Transit Center
648 North Star Transit Center/Stone Oak Stone Oak, North Central Baptist Hospital, North Star Transit Center
651 Deco District/Castle Hills Castle Hills, Deco District
660 Northwest Vista College/University P & R University Park & Ride, UTSA, Bandera Pointe, Alamo Ranch, Westover Hills, Northwest Vista College

References

  1. ^ VIA Metropolitan Transit. Expressly for Commuters. Retrieved on 2009-03-07.
  2. ^ VIA Metropolitan Transit. Downtown Streetcars. Retrieved on 2009-03-07.
  3. ^ VIA Metropolitan Transit. New fares in effect January 1. Retrieved on 2009-03-07.
  4. ^ VIA Metropolitan Transit. New fares in effect January 1. Retrieved on 2009-03-07.
  5. ^ VIA Metropolitan Transit Destination 2012. Fredericksburg BRT Route. Retrieved on 2009-03-07.
  6. ^ VIA Metropolitan Transit. Board of Trustees. Retrieved on 2009-03-07.
  7. ^ VIA Metropolitan Transit. Expressly for Commuters. Retrieved on 2009-03-07.

VIA plans to increase bus fares on Jan. 1 mySA.com, July 26, 2006.

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