VIA is opening the door to public comment about its Rapid Transit Plan
Imagine sitting in a modern mode of public transportation on your way to work or school as you check your email, write the next great American novel, or simply catch some downtime as you effortlessly fly past people stuck in traffic. This could be in your future, and it is a future that you can help shape.
You can help determine the future of public transportation in San Antonio and Bexar County by participating in one of VIA’s eight Rapid Transit Corridor Open House events throughout the rest of June. Public comments received during these meetings and from the virtual meeting found on VIA’s website will help the transit agency determine the selection of route alternatives and develop tomorrow’s transportation choices.
The Rapid Transit Network concept is a central part of VIA’s Vision 2040 long-range plan, which aims to provide more mobility choices for San Antonio over the next two decades. The corridors will include dedicated lanes for public transportation to provide frequent, reliable service that bypasses regular traffic on our roadways.
The corridors could use bus rapid transit with vehicles similar to VIA’s Primo line, or it could use some emerging or future innovation such as trackless trains – a new technology currently being tested in China. Whatever the mode, having a dedicated corridor gives commuters more choices for daily trips to school, work, family commitments, and other important life moments.
The current draft network of corridors has been developed over the past year with multiple rounds of meetings to gather public comments and direction. With that information, VIA has expanded the network to connect even more key population and employment centers throughout its service area. This current round of public outreach will help VIA further refine the alignment of the corridors before taking the plan to the Board of Trustees for adoption into the agency’s capital program.
San Antonio is growing and will face significant travel challenges over the next two decades. The Rapid Transit Corridors serve as an opportunity for transit to play an increased role in this region’s overall transportation solution. VIA is already making significant changes to the frequency of key bus routes to provide even more mobility for riders.
The Open House meetings are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the locations listed below. The online meeting can be accessed at any time at VIAinfo.net/rapidtransit.
- Wednesday, June 20, Stinson Municipal Airport, 8535 Mission Rd., 78213; VIA Route: 40
- Thursday, June 21, The Neighborhood Place, 3014 Rivas St., 78228; VIA Routes: 77, 524
- Tuesday, June 26, Barbara Jordan Community Center, 2803 E. Commerce St., 78203; VIA Route: 25
- Wednesday, June 27, VIA Stone Oak Park & Ride, 22139 U.S. Highway 281 North, 78258; VIA Routes: 7, 503
- Thursday, June 28, VIA Metro Center, 1021 San Pedro Ave., 78212; VIA Routes: 3, 4
Comments may be submitted at the public workshops, online or in writing through July 16, 2018. Written comments may be mailed to Attention: Government & Community Relations – RTC Studies, c/o VIA Metropolitan Transit, P.O. Box 12489, San Antonio, Texas 78212, or by email at GCR@viainfo.net.
All meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Persons with hearing impairments may request an interpreter 48 hours prior to the meeting by calling TDD (210) 362-2019 or by calling VIA Government & Community Relations at (210) 362-2389. For more information, please visit VIAinfo.net/rapidtransit.