VIA Metropolitan Transit

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Despite the San Antonio City Council's decision to delay a vote for additional funding last November and a rapidly growing population to serve, VIA Metropolitan Transit continues to push forward with innovative developments and outreach efforts. 

After months of development, San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Transit released its new mobile app for smartphones today. It's called goMobile and they hope it will draw new riders and help existing ones.

There is an element of outreach for the new goMobile app. San Antonio is one of the most economically segregated cities in the country, and many of VIA's riders are low income. 

VIA Vice President of Technology Steve Young says that their ridership is increasingly connected though.

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VIA Metropolitan Transit debuted several buses on Thursday that use Compressed Natural Gas as fuel. VIA plans to convert to an all CNG fleet of 400 buses by 2020.

 

VIA’s transitioning to the new buses to be more sustainable and to decrease operating costs. The current fleet of buses is 12 to 15 years old. Jeffrey Arndt is President and CEO of VIA. He says the conversion will generate an estimated annual fuel savings of $8.5 million.

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Here are a few facts guaranteed to get your attention:  

The San Antonio area adds 146 new residents every day, and they’re bringing their cars.

A 50 minute drive today is expected to take 91 minutes in 2040.  

By then, 39 percent of our roadways will be severely congested all day long.

This week Texas Public Radio’s “Growing Pains” project takes a look at options for getting ahead of the traffic jam,  with a series of reports, “Stuck Behind The Wheel.” We start by looking at how San Antonio’s primary form of mass transit could be part of the solution. 

The Source: Why VIA Funding Hit A Speed Bump

Nov 21, 2016
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This November, City Council delayed a vote that would support future improvements for VIA Metropolitan Transit.

While no money is expected for this fiscal year 2017, the original proposal earmarked $2.2 million of city funds in fiscal year 2018, $6.5 million the following year, then $10 million in fiscal year 2020 and each year going forward.

Although the need for funding the city's bus service is clear, why is the decision being delayed? 

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