VIA Metropolitan Transit

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

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
Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

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? 

David Martin Davies / Texas Public Radio

Saturday is an election day for a lot of area school districts and communities. A small turnout is expected to decide some pretty significant issues.

In Castle Hills voters will decide whether to keep VIA bus service, or whether to use the $500,000 generated by a half-cent sales tax on other needs.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

VIA Bus Service will be discontinued in the San Antonio suburb of Castle Hills if voters on Saturday approve eliminating VIA in their community.   At issue is how best to spend the $500,000 dollars in sales tax money now dedicated to mass transit.

Bill Fitzgibbons

The Via Transit folks have found an ingenious way of making sure you can find their downtown Centro Plaza bus terminal.  It's called the Centro Chroma Tower and Public Artist Bill FitzGibbons designed it.

"It's 85 feet tall. And it's illuminated at night with a computerized L-E-D light system, which allows you to see the structure both from I-10 and even from downtown buildings."

The 10-foot wide tower on Frio, between Travis and Houston Streets has a sophisticated lighting scheme.