Video: VIA seeks community ideas on county-wide transit plan

VIA  Metropolitan Transit put the finishing touches on a transit plan for the future during the last of five community workshops on Thursday.

NOWCastSA streamed live video of the event as people from the community gathered to listen and talk about the transit plan for the future. You can watch video from the event here:

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 VIA officials have stressed the need for a comprehensive, county-wide transit plan, known as SmartWaySA, to meet the growing demand for service. The plan involves alternatives for future high-capacity transit corridors, route realignments, new transit methods and other improvements, including a planned ‘fast-track’ train connecting the central city to outlying neighborhoods.

VIA gathered ideas and suggestions from the public during the five meetings as a means to improve its comprehensive regional transportation plan to meet an explosive demand.

The numbers are dramatic:

San Antonio’s population of 1.6 million will zoom to 2.2 million by 2035. Significant growth is predicted along Loop 1604, particularly north and northwest of the city. The South Side will see major growth south of Loop 410 between I-35 and I-37.

Such growth means that VIA Metropolitan Transit System’s ridership will likely grow from 7.5 million trips daily to 11.7 million in 2035.

For more information on times and locations of future workshops, go to VIA's SmartWays site.

VIA photos courtesy of Oran Viriyincy under Creative Commons.