VIA Metropolitan Transit to launch new VIA Link on-demand zone

Posted: 20 October 2023 | | No comments yet

VIA’s fourth VIA Link on-demand zone will launch on 23 October 2023, improving service and expanding access to employment hubs.

VIA Link launching new on-demand zone on South Side

Credit: VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Metropolitan Transit has announced that it is launching its newest VIA Link on-demand zone on 23 October 2023.

VIA’s fourth VIA Link zone, ‘VIA Link Randolph’, will provide service connecting an 18-square mile area with connections to Randolph Transit Center, Planned Eastside Mobility Hub, Artisan Apartments, and JBSA Fort Sam Houston Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). The new zone improves service and expands access to employment hubs, including H-E-B, UPS, Home Depot Distribution Center, PepsiCo Beverages, Amazon, ButterKrust Bakery and Dollar General Distribution.

“This is the next step in fulfilling our promise to expand our services and offer our customers more mobility options that help them connect with opportunity,” VIA Metropolitan Transit‘s President and CEO, Jeffrey C. Arndt, said. “The on-demand service model offered by VIA Link is convenient, affordable and innovative. It provides a more efficient travel option for our customers.”

VIA Link is an innovative ride service that connects riders to their favorite neighborhood destinations for the same fare as regular service, meaning that it costs only $1.30 per ride. The VIA Link service’s high ridership in the Northeast, Northwest and South zones has increased customer demand, so VIA is expanding the service into a new area and extending the hours beginning 23 October 2023, and each of the four zones will have new names and expanded service hours:

  • VIA Link Randolph (new): Operating every day from 05:00 to 22:00
  • VIA Link Mainland (formerly Northwest zone): Operating every day from 05:00 to 21:30
  • VIA Link Madla (formerly South zone): Operating every day from 05:00 to 21:30
  • VIA Link Naco Pass (formerly Northeast zone): Operating every day from 05:00 to 21:30.

The VIA Link service replaces fixed routes in the zone with more frequent service for the same fares as regular bus service. Customers can book trips using a free app, online portal or by phone. They’re usually picked up within 10 to 20 minutes of booking — an improvement from the current wait times on bus service — and can track and rate their rides. Passengers can travel anywhere in the zone or to convenient transfer points to connect with the full VIA system. The flexibility provides better frequency and decreased travel times, minimises walking distances and offers more pick-up and drop-off locations.

Expanding the on-demand service is part of VIA’s Keep SA Moving plan that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in November 2020. It’s part of a plan to provide smart transit options, using technology and partnerships for better service. 

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