VIA Metropolitan Transit http://tpr.org en City Of Castle Hills Eyes Removing VIA Service http://tpr.org/post/city-castle-hills-eyes-removing-service <p></p><p>The city of Castle Hills is considering removing VIA and VIA Trans service from it’s city boundaries.</p><p>If the Castle Hills City Council approves it, the citizens of the small San Antonio suburb will be able to vote on whether or not to remove VIA from the city. Acting Castle Hills Mayor Timothy Howell, who was placed into the position last week, said he’s not taking a side on the issue yet.</p><p>“I think it’s very important that we allow the citizens to decide what they want to do moving forward,” Howell said.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:05:13 +0000 Joey Palacios 35002 at http://tpr.org City Of Castle Hills Eyes Removing VIA Service The Source: The Economic Impact Of Streetcar http://tpr.org/post/source-economic-impact-streetcar <p>A new economic impact study has tried to put a tangible number on the intangibles of the benefits from investing in streetcars.</p><p>$1.3 billion over 25 years is the expected benefit to the city for the $280 million investment.</p><p>The study, conducted by The<a href="http://www.saberinstitute.org/about-the-institute/" target="_blank"> SABÉR Research Institute</a>, says the 5.9 mile streetcar route will spur development and the ascent of property values.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:22:39 +0000 Paul Flahive 34623 at http://tpr.org The Source: The Economic Impact Of Streetcar VIA Releases Economic Impact Study For Streetcar http://tpr.org/post/releases-economic-impact-study-streetcar <p>VIA Metropolitan Transit has released a commissioned study showing a $1.3 billion economic impact along the routes of its proposed streetcar system. Those opposed to the street car system say the transit authority is paying for exactly what they want to hear.</p><p>The economic impact study commissioned by the <a href="http://www.saberinstitute.org/" target="_blank">SABÉR Institute</a> at St. Mary’s University and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce predicts a multi-billion dollar return on investment over 25 years through VIA’s initial $280 million.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:26:17 +0000 Joey Palacios 34300 at http://tpr.org VIA Releases Economic Impact Study For Streetcar The Source: Streetcar Opposition Continues http://tpr.org/post/source-streetcar-opposition-continues <p>Mounting pressure on the city of San Antonio and VIA Metropolitan Transit to stop their construction of a streetcar system has grown.</p><p>In the last few months, the political landscape has changed surrounding the project: San Antonio notables like Red McCombs and state Rep. Lyle Larson have come out against the plan, Mayor Julián Castro is soon to depart to lead the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development, and opponents say they will be able to get a charter amendment requiring a public vote added to the ballot in November.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:25:28 +0000 Paul Flahive 33211 at http://tpr.org The Source: Streetcar Opposition Continues New VIA Board Appointees Sound Off On Streetcar Project http://tpr.org/post/new-board-appointees-sound-streetcar-project <p>Bexar County commissioners have appointed Rebecca Q. Cedillo and Bobby Perez to the county seats on the 11-member VIA Board.</p><p>Cedillo is the former chief of water resources for SAWS and a former city planner. She said the issues important to her include ensuring adequate infrastructure to keep up with growth in the outlying areas of the county.</p><p>Cedillo said the proposed streetcar is a city issue, not a county issue, but she supports it.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:00:52 +0000 Eileen Pace 28917 at http://tpr.org New VIA Board Appointees Sound Off On Streetcar Project VIA Seeking Streetcar Funding From Federal Transit Administration http://tpr.org/post/seeking-streetcar-funding-federal-transit-administration <p>VIA Transit is preparing grants to secure federal funding for its proposed streetcar project. N<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ow that the Federal Transit Administration has given its stamp of approval to the streetcar plan, several federal funding sources have become available to help it along.</span></p><p>After hundreds of committee meetings, four public meetings, and an array of route configurations, VIA finalized its streetcar plan, allowing it to&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">move forward with requests for grant applications.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:18:06 +0000 Eileen Pace 27806 at http://tpr.org VIA Seeking Streetcar Funding From Federal Transit Administration Groups Protest Streetcar As VIA Moves Forward On Evaluating Chosen Route http://tpr.org/post/groups-protest-streetcar-moves-forward-evaluating-chosen-route <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A grassroots coalition of protestors gathered in front of the </span>Bexar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County Courthouse Tuesday to voice opposition to VIA’s proposed downtown streetcar system.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:42:21 +0000 Eileen Pace 26935 at http://tpr.org Groups Protest Streetcar As VIA Moves Forward On Evaluating Chosen Route The Source: What Does VIA's Win Mean? | A Legacy Of Women In San Antonio Art http://tpr.org/post/source-what-does-vias-win-mean-legacy-women-san-antonio-art <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A near derailment for the city’s forthcoming streetcar program when Texas attorney general’s office reversed its initial finding saying the city transit corporation couldn’t sell bonds to fund its new transit centers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Attorney General Gregg Abbott’s argument was that people in San Antonio voted twice against light rail and this is light rail. The city sued and won last week. </span></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:54:42 +0000 Paul Flahive 25841 at http://tpr.org The Source: What Does VIA's Win Mean? | A Legacy Of Women In San Antonio Art Is This The End Of The Driving Boom In Texas? http://tpr.org/post/end-driving-boom-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report shows new technologies are helping people reduce the number of miles they drive, which may be a hard sell to those who have to sit in traffic on IH-35 or Hwy. 281 every day.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he largest decrease in driving miles was found to be among </span>Millennials<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> -- the new driving generation that will dominate driving trends in the future.</span></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:16:15 +0000 Eileen Pace 19480 at http://tpr.org Is This The End Of The Driving Boom In Texas? Stylish New Bus Stops And Other Improvements Coming To Guadalupe Cultural Arts Area http://tpr.org/post/stylish-new-bus-stops-and-other-improvements-coming-guadalupe-cultural-arts-area <p>West Side residents and visitors will soon see aesthetic and functional changes to streets and sidewalks around the Guadalupe Cultural Arts area.</p><p>&ldquo;This project is going to focus on Brazos Street from Montezuma to San Fernando Street, and we&rsquo;re going to be improving the sidewalks along the West Side,&rdquo; said city spokeswoman Melissa Sparks.</p><p>Some of the improvements include landscaping, decorative brickwork and other amenities.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:36:38 +0000 Jack Morgan 19379 at http://tpr.org Stylish New Bus Stops And Other Improvements Coming To Guadalupe Cultural Arts Area