Providing a multi-modal transfer facility in the near West Side will increase mobility, promote transit-oriented development, improve air quality, stimulate economic development, promote pedestrian and bike-friendly neighborhoods, and enhance access to the City's central business district.

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A SmartMove

The transit facility will offer more travel options, greater comfort, and more conveniences for riders traveling to and from the central business district and the far reaches of our area. The site will include a beautiful plaza that will facilitate transfers between inter-city bus and rail passengers coming into our downtown area. It will improve how people make route transfers and play a role in diverting more than half of the local bus traffic away from the center of downtown. The concentration of transit services at this location will also improve accessibility to the UTSA Downtown Campus and the Robert B. Green Clinical Pavilion while creating new area foot traffic and encouraging additional development in the area. People will enjoy an enhanced quality of life and greater accessibility to amenities where they live, work and play.

A TRANSIT HUB FOR OUR AREA

The Westside Multimodal Transit Center is a phased project that will ultimately offer people a variety of transportation options and the ability to easily travel to various reaches of our community.

Last year, VIA completed Phase I of the Westside Multimodal Transit Center and began offering our new Primo bus service from the downtown location to the Medical Center area. Primo, VIA's bus rapid transit service (BRT), allows for a large number of commuters to travel quickly and efficiently through a route that has limited stops.

The environmental process for Phase II of the project was completed in 2012 after a public involvement process that included several meetings and a hearing. The design phase of the project is slated to be completed in 2013 and goundbreaking for a new transit plaza is expected to begin in 2014.

Once fully operational, the Westside Multimodal Transit Center will create connectivity by being a hub for various VIA transportation services, an anticipated Austin-San Antonio commuter rail, as well as inter-city bus service, and taxi service.

The vision for this location is to create a place that is more than just a place for public transit systems to come and go from. It's hoped that the Westside Multimodal Transit Center will be a place where mass transit systems will converge while having the potential to serve as an impetus for near-west side economic revitalization.

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KEY FACTS

  • In 2012, the location began serving as a transfer facility for VIA Primo, taking people to and from the Medical Center
  • When complete, it will serve as a transit center that will be used by hybrid and fuel efficient buses traveling throughout VIA's 1,226 square mile service area
  • The facility is poised to be a hub for mass transit growth by serving as a terminus for streetcars in the near future and later for inter-city bus service, commuter rail, and high-speed rail services
  • The multimodal center will provide parking for approximately 120 vehicles
  • Currently, more than 500 express service bus trips come to and from the city's central business district. This facility will be able to handle future route and passenger increases
  • Commuters should save considerably on gas and parking fees
  • The multimodal center will feature a comfortable waiting area with bicycle racks, appropriate lighting, real-time bus arrival information, and ticket vending
  • The facility will make transportation services convenient for people interested in urban living and will help visitors and tourists get to the heart of our city and beyond

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