VIA Metropolitan Transit Announces Launch of Phase II of Multimodal Project
- Sep 14, 2014
By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor
VIA Metropolitan Transit has begun construction on the second phase of the Westside Multimodal Transit Center project. Part of VIA’s SmartMove initiative, the Westside Multimodal Transit Center is included in VIA’s 2035 Comprehensive Transportation Plan. This round of the development includes a new transit plaza.
The completion of phase two is scheduled for fall 2015. Its functionality will be that of a transit hub meant to improve the accessibility to the UTSA Downtown Campus and the University Health System’s Robert B. Green Campus.
“This facility will create new foot traffic and encourage transit-oriented development in the area,” said VIA Chairman Alex Briseño, calling the plaza a gateway to the West Side, the heart of San Antonio, and stating that the goal of the project is to improve the transit experience for the VIA riders.
Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo said the new transit center will help decrease some of San Antonio’s congestion. “One Texan, one pickup won’t work anymore,” he says. “If a city doesn’t have quality transportation, it’s not a quality city.”
VIA President & CEO Jeff Arndt said the transit center will support six additional bus routes and connections to taxi service, inter-city bus service and the Lone Star Rails service that will connect San Antonio and Austin. Furthermore, VIA officials announced the agency is relocating its executive offices to the historic depot building next to the Multimodal Transit Center.
Photo courtesy of VIA Metropolitan Transit