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San Antonio is currently the largest metropolitan area in the nation to be served by a bus-only public transportation system. VIA seeks to move beyond buses to become a truly regional, multimodal transit agency, and the means to accomplish this will come through the Long Range Comprehensive Transportation Plan.
The Long Range Plan will provide a comprehensive transportation vision for the community. This plan will outline a network of integrated high-capacity transit corridors with a range of transit mode alternatives from bus service and bus rapid transit to light rail and modern streetcars.
The Long Range Plan is being advanced by an intensive public outreach effort called “SmartWaySA.” This process began in September 2009 with a series of workshops designed to introduce the Long Range Plan concept and to solicit input from the citizens. Then, in November 2009 and June 2010, VIA held a series of meetings across the city to gather additional input and to update the community on the plan’s progress.
In January 2011, another a round of open houses will be held to show where bus service improvements are planned and where high capacity transit systems like rail might work best. These plans will impact how people get around so VIA encourages everyone to come to one of the open houses.
The open houses are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
Wednesday, January 26 at 6 p.m.
Harlandale Civic Center, 115 W. Southcross
Thursday, January 27 at 6 p.m.
Park Hills Baptist Church, 17747 San Pedro Ave.
Monday, January 31 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
VIA Metro Center, 1021 San Pedro
Wednesday, February 2 at 6 p.m.
The Neighborhood Place, 3014 Rivas Street
Thursday, February 3 at 6p.m.
Sam Houston High School, 4635 East Houston Street
Each location is on at least one bus route. Go to maps.google.com to get directions by transit or call 210-362-2020.
For more information on these open houses, visit the website at SmartWaySA.com where you can leave comments on the Long Range Plan and get on a mailing list for future updates. You can also find information on VIA and SmartWaySA on Facebook.