VIA Metropolitan Transit

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. 

In the next 25 years, a million more people will be living in San Antonio.

If you think the roads are crowded now, it's going to get a lot worse, unless the city of San Antonio doesn't takes action.But what can we do beyond building more miles of highways?How do we spur a real mass transit plan?Can we convince people to live closer to their jobs?What new technologies are coming online that will change how we do transportation?The City of San Antonio is starting work on a comprehensive transportation plan. Our guests are:

VIA Metropolitian Transit

The 100-year-old, 60-foot domed building of the VIA Metropolitan Transit’s new executive offices was once a passenger station of the Great Northern Railroad. These offices were part of Phase I of renovations. Phase II, currently in progress, will cover the transit plaza, serving VIA Primo and twelve VIA lines at 60 departures an hour.

Eileen Pace / TPR News

VIA is disappointed in the change of heart by the city and county on streetcar, but the transit authority plans to move forward in other directions while deferring its current plan for the project.

Friday, standing among dozens of VIA employees at a news conference, VIA Chairman Alex Briseño said the transit authority is moving forward; just not with the streetcar project that had been in the works.

The plan forward now, he said, includes expanded PRIMO routes, constructing multi-modal centers, and focus on VIA's long-range plan for 2035 that was approved three years ago.

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