W. Scott Bailey | San Antonio Business Journal
VIA Metropolitan Transit’s board of directors has approved spending $92 million in Texas Department of Transportation funds on a laundry list of items — none of which include the development of a rail system.
VIA board members have agreed with staff recommendations to allocate more than half of the State funds (nearly $51 million) to expand its Bus Rapid Transit service to the city’s South and West sectors. Another $10 million will fund construction of a Brooks Transit Center.
VIA also plans to spend $8 million to develop a new Park & Ride facility along Interstate 10 north of Loop 1604, and a similar amount to construct another Park & Ride terminal near Texas Highway 151 and Loop 1604.
The agency has approved allocating $5.2 million for new bus shelters and $5.1 million to redevelop the Robert Thompson Transit Center, which is located immediately north of the Alamodome.
“We appreciate TxDOT’s forward-looking support, providing funds that make it possible to improve service for the entire community,” says VIA President and CEO Jeffrey Arndt. “This makes public transportation more attractive for the people who ride VIA today and more attractive for future riders.” Read more