The June 2016 rollout of VIVA, VIA Metropolitan Transit’s uniquely colorful bus line, kicked off service to some of the most-visited sites in San Antonio, in Texas, and the world. VIVA vehicles converge at Alamo Plaza and travel to points north, south, east, and west.
The three distinct routes connect passengers with the diverse heritage, entertainment, history, and commerce that thrive in San Antonio. Its name, “VIVA,” captures the celebratory spirit of the region. The routes — VIVA Culture (Route 11), VIVA Missions (40), and VIVA Centro (301) — named for the respective corridors they travel, are designed to provide frequent and convenient service to the region’s parks, museums, classic and contemporary art venues, popular dining and entertainment spots, and opportunities to learn and discover.
As the holiday season approaches, the region will come to life with twinkling lights, music, and holiday crowds celebrating the seasons. VIVA destinations, including the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site, Downtown, the Pearl, The DoSeum, The Witte, The McNay Museum of Art, Hemisfair, and Sunset Station are just a few of the places to delight in the season’s festivities.
“The VIVA routes were inspired by places that celebrate San Antonio, and were developed with input from the community. That’s especially meaningful during the holidays as we observe traditions and participate in events that make this time and these places extra special,” VIA President and CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said. “Throughout the year, VIVA routes enhance transit options in key corridors, and are designed to provide frequent service and new connections to the region’s most-visited destinations.”
The VIVA routes are an example of VIA’s continued commitment to providing innovative public transportation options to meet the diverse needs of the service area that includes 14 cities throughout the region. On VIVA, riders experience shorter wait times and an enhanced travel experience on 15 new, CNG-fueled buses and a system of restored trolleys – a longtime staple of downtown travel.
A complete schedule and locations served by VIVA are available at VIAinfo.net/VIVA.