City Guide 2013
Published: February 28, 2013
A public transit system that is extensive and useful, and extensively used, has long been one of the hallmarks of a thriving metropolis. For over 30 years, VIA has been San Antonio's answer to the great subways of the east and impressive bus grids of the west. In recent years VIA has upped services in all sectors of the city, its daily ridership increasing to approximately 140,000. VIA operates with an eye toward protecting the environment (sponsoring recycling initiatives and purchasing cleaner-burning buses), convenience (the fleet has now grown to over 400 buses), and accessibility (new ViaTrans resources and transit stations are constantly popping up). It is now possible to ride VIA for more hours of the day, to and from more locations, and more comfortably than ever. VIA has also done a great deal of work with San Antonio youth; encouraging creativity, an active lifestyle, and community involvement. Most recently VIA began service on its Primo bus — an innovative high-capacity, high frequency, and high comfort service that runs between downtown and the new South Texas Medical Center Transit Center.
Still not convinced hopping on the bus is right for you? Picture this. You are up a bit earlier than all the other commuters, so you have a chance to enjoy the pre-dawn sense of endless possibility that you're so used to missing. Ready and at your bus stop early, you join the ranks of San Antonians from all walks of life in a communal setting where you can witness the best of our city. Once at your bus stop, you can put your morning on auto-pilot (a dangerous proposition if you were still driving to work) and focus on getting ready for work, sleeping a few extra winks, or daydreaming. You will arrive to work feeling de-stressed, having saved money, and satisfied at having done your part to help our community move in the direction of sustainability. Sound too utopian? Why not see for yourself? Plan your commute at viainfo.net today.