VIA Metropolitan Transit

Government
12:05 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

City Of Castle Hills Eyes Removing VIA Service

Castle Hills City Hall
Joey Palacios TPR News

The city of Castle Hills is considering removing VIA and VIA Trans service from it’s city boundaries.

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.

“I think it’s very important that we allow the citizens to decide what they want to do moving forward,” Howell said.

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The Source: July 7, 2014
12:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Source: The Economic Impact Of Streetcar

Seattle Streetcar
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A new economic impact study has tried to put a tangible number on the intangibles of the benefits from investing in streetcars.

$1.3 billion over 25 years is the expected benefit to the city for the $280 million investment.

The study, conducted by The SABÉR Research Institute, says the 5.9 mile streetcar route will spur development and the ascent of property values. 

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VIA Street Car
10:26 am
Tue July 1, 2014

VIA Releases Economic Impact Study For Streetcar

The many proposed routes for streetcar pictured have been narrowed to just one in the Broadway corridor.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

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.

The economic impact study commissioned by the SABÉR Institute 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.

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The Source - June 11, 2014
11:25 am
Wed June 11, 2014

The Source: Streetcar Opposition Continues

The many proposed routes for streetcar pictured have been narrowed to just one in the Broadway corridor.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

Mounting pressure on the city of San Antonio and VIA Metropolitan Transit to stop their construction of a streetcar system has grown.

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.

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Transportation
10:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

New VIA Board Appointees Sound Off On Streetcar Project

VIA Metropolitan Transit

Bexar County commissioners have appointed Rebecca Q. Cedillo and Bobby Perez to the county seats on the 11-member VIA Board.

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.

Cedillo said the proposed streetcar is a city issue, not a county issue, but she supports it.

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Transportation
1:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

VIA Seeking Streetcar Funding From Federal Transit Administration

VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Transit is preparing grants to secure federal funding for its proposed streetcar project. Now 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.

After hundreds of committee meetings, four public meetings, and an array of route configurations, VIA finalized its streetcar plan, allowing it to move forward with requests for grant applications.

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Community
4:42 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Groups Protest Streetcar As VIA Moves Forward On Evaluating Chosen Route

Protesters use the Bexar County Courthouse as a backdrop to speak out against the proposed downtown streetcar system.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A grassroots coalition of protestors gathered in front of the Bexar County Courthouse Tuesday to voice opposition to VIA’s proposed downtown streetcar system.

Members of LULAC, the Tea Party and other organizations joined with numerous political candidates to protest the county’s pursuit of the downtown streetcar system after they said the voters have spoken against it. Light rail has been voted down here, but the streetcar has not been put to a vote.

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The Source - January 29, 2014
11:54 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The Source: What Does VIA's Win Mean? | A Legacy Of Women In San Antonio Art

A VIA bus makes a stop in downtown San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR

In the first segment:

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.

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.

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Community
10:16 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Is This The End Of The Driving Boom In Texas?

The TPIRG study shows programs like San Antonio's B-Cycle are having an impact on total driving miles in Texas.
Eileen Pace TPR News

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.

The largest decrease in driving miles was found to be among Millennials -- the new driving generation that will dominate driving trends in the future.

Sara Smith, program director for the Texas Public Interest Research Group, said they compiled statistics from the Federal Highway Administration and found a reduction in miles traveled over the last decade.

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Stylish New Bus Stops And Other Improvements Coming To Guadalupe Cultural Arts Area

City of San Antonio

West Side residents and visitors will soon see aesthetic and functional changes to streets and sidewalks around the Guadalupe Cultural Arts area.

“This project is going to focus on Brazos Street from Montezuma to San Fernando Street, and we’re going to be improving the sidewalks along the West Side,” said city spokeswoman Melissa Sparks.

Some of the improvements include landscaping, decorative brickwork and other amenities.

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