VIA Metropolitan Transit

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

VIA Metropolitan Transit recently won a Texas Preservation Award for its restoration of Ellis Alley, which was the first settlement of freed slaves in San Antonio. 

VIA Metropolitan

VIA Metropolitan Transit launched a new campaign today that offers active-duty military half-price fares.

The campaign, called “Active Duty, Act of Thanks,” is a new fare program for active-duty military offering half-price rates on regular bus service, Express Route service and several pass programs including the $7-day pass and a monthly pass.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

VIA Metropolitan Transit will be the first large transit authority to install free Wi-Fi on all of its busses. The 4G service is being added with no additional cost to riders.

For many people, like student Dominique Marshall, VIA is their main form of transportation. “I ride it Monday through Friday, to and from school,” she said. John Dalasta is the same, but he uses it for work. “I use it to go where I have a temporary job right now and I don’t feel real safe driving because of a medical problem.”

Ryan Loyd / TPR

After San Antonio city leaders pulled the plug on the biggest mass transit project in several generations–streetcar–many are looking to VIA, the city-wide transit system, to still find ways to more efficiently move people around. 

City Council Member Rey Saldaña, determined to get a ground-level view, took the bus and only the bus for a month. Now he has some ideas on how to improve it.

Guest:

  • Rey Saldaña, district 4 City Council Member
Eileen Pace

Some San Antonio commuters load their bikes onto VIA bus racks. But now, if they don’t need their bikes at the other end, there’s an option — VIA’s new 'Bike Lids.'

Perhaps there’s no place at work to store a bicycle. Or perhaps the bus drops the rider off so close to their destination that the bike won’t be needed. Enter the Bike Lid, covered parking for your bike. You can’t miss the series of racks with the big plastic helmets on top. 

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