7/27/2011 Final Plan Approved!
All the work that went into crafting the Long Range Comprehensive Transportation
Plan has paid off. The members of the VIA Board of Trustees formally adopted the
plan (link to the plan) at their regularly scheduled meeting held July 26, 2011,
approving it as a guide for future transit development in San Antonio.
Now that the Long Range Plan has been approved and adopted as a guiding document
for VIA, a public roll-out of the plan is tentatively scheduled for late summer
or early fall.
Adopted Long Range Comprehensive Transportation Plan - Executive Summary
12/27/2010 Winter 2011 open houses set. Be a part
of the progress.
VIA is having open houses in January and February to share progress on the plan and
to get additional input from the community. Come get a sneak peek of our plan to
use innovations like bus rapid transit, light rail and modern streetcars.
12/22/2010 Grant awarded to VIA for urban circulator
The Federal Transit Administration has awarded a grant to VIA Metropolitan Transit
to begin an alternatives analysis for the agency’s proposed Downtown High-Capacity
Urban Circulator System.
The alternatives analysis will look at ways to provide improved mobility and circulation
between center city neighborhoods and the central business district. The project
focuses on two urban corridors that align north-south (from Southtown to the Pearl
Brewery area) and east-west (from the near East Side to the near West Side through
In order to advance a proposed urban circulator rail alternative through the federal
Small Starts process, it is necessary for VIA to perform an alternatives analysis
on each of the proposed corridors. VIA was awarded a total of $900,000 to help fund
the alternatives analyses.
Read full press release
VIA’s Urban Circulator
Alternatives Analysis Program Grant Proposal
11/30/2010 - Modern Streetcar Feasability Study now
The Inner-City Rail Streetcar Feasibility Study was conducted by VIA Metropolitan
Transit in collaboration with the Downtown Alliance of San Antonio. This Feasibility
Report presents the recommendations developed by the Technical Advisory Committee
as a result of their analysis from July to October, 2009, as well as directions
adopted by the Commission on Intra-City Rail and Streetcar.
6/01/2010 - June workshops will seek input on alignments
VIA has scheduled several public workshops in June to allow further public input
on this visionary plan before it is finished this fall. At these workshops we will
provide an update on the project and seek input on study alignment and mode options.
Basically we will have community discussion regarding which type of transit service
best meets the future needs along certain streets. This is an important opportunity
for both the public and VIA so please try to come.
1/29/2010 - Upcoming meetings to be announced soon
Since the initial round of VIA SmartWay SA community workshops this past fall –
the phase one community involvement component - VIA has gathered information from
the public for the Long Range Comprehensive Transportation Planning process and
began studying more than 25 corridors within the San Antonio-Bexar County area.
We have conducted research on transit systems across the United States that serve
the public with a variety of transit modes, including commuter rail, light rail,
streetcar, bus rapid transit, high occupancy vehicle lanes and local bus service
and other transit improvements including transit centers and park and rides. Analyzing
the way other cities utilize multimodal services, VIA is able to study which modes
work best in other major cities and regions, while examining the current and future
transportation needs of the greater San Antonio-Bexar County region.
VIA is in the process of planning the next phase of public involvement which will
likely start in late March 2010. These meetings will offer the community another
opportunity to contribute to the Long Range Comprehensive Transportation Plan before
it is drafted this summer. Please stay tuned for an announcement soon regarding
the details of these meetings.
10/23/09 - Series of community meetings set to get
Getting input from the community is critical to the success of SmartWaySA. Kickoff
community meetings were held at Sunset Station this summer to hear what people had
to say. A second set of meetings has now been planned to try to reach out to more
poeple. If you could not come to Sunset Station, please come out to one of the meetings
in November. If that is not possible, please complete this
short online survey.
Now is the time to help us plan VIA's next innovation.
9/16/09 VIA Announces Commission on Intra-City
Rail and Streetcar
On Wednesday September 16 at City Hall, VIA announced the members of its Commission
on Intra-City Rail & Streetcar with local developer and community leader Marty Wender
serving as Chair of this Commission.
This important Commission will serve in an advisory capacity to help finalize the
study that has been assessing the feasibility of a rail streetcar line in the northern
reaches of the central business district.
Speakers at the event included Mayor Julian Castro, County Judge Nelson Wolff, VIA
Board Chair Henry Munoz, VIA President/CEO Keith Parker and Commission Chair Marty
List of Commission Members
9/9/09 SmartWaySA Kickoff Meetings and Workshops
The SmartWay Kickoff events held at Sunset Station
from August 31 to September 3 were designed to get initial feedback from the community
as VIA develops a Long Range Comprehensive Transportation Plan. While the plan will
take about a year to complete, it was important to start the process with a clean
slate, open minds and a vision for our future. During the four days we were excited
to have a mix of people provide that vision. Community leaders, planning professionals
and finance experts sat at the table with bus riders, neighborhood activists and
other concerned citizens. Together they provided critical input into where this
plan should go and how it should be developed. We can only hope this tremendous
involvement from the community continues until the plan is finally drafted next
View presentation from the closing meeting that recaps all the work done at the
View the SmartwaySA Technical Working Group Conceptual System Plan developed
during the workshops
8/14/09 SmartWaySA.com goes live in time for upcoming
The full version of this SmartWaySA website went live today. On the site you can
find everything about SmartWaySA and the process to develop VIA's Long Range Comprehensive
Transportation Plan. Don't forget to sign up to receive newsletters, announcements
and future updates.
Please join us for the SmartWaySA kickoff events at Sunset Station August 31 -
September 3. The public will have a chance to give us feedback on what you want
before the study work begins. There are several opportunities to comment on the
plan as well as see the results of the technical planning workshops that will be
going on during the day.