VIA’s New VIVA Routes Celebrates the Spirit of San Antonio
July 6, 2016 | Tags:
Uniquely colorful buses, described as the peacock of the VIA Metropolitan Transit fleet, began rolling on June 6, delivering passengers to some of the most-visited sites in San Antonio, in Texas, and in the world.
The VIVA service line launched with three distinct routes that connect the diverse heritage, entertainment, history, and commerce that defines and thrives in San Antonio. The name “VIVA” captures the celebratory spirit of the city that’s home to the Alamo, three major theme parks, and Fiesta, a two-week- long celebration each spring. The routes, VIVA culture, VIVA missions, and VIVA centro, named for the respective corridors they travel, are designed to provide more frequent service and new connections to the region’s parks, museums, classic and contemporary art venues, popular dining and entertainment spots, and opportunities to learn and discover.
VIVA riders experience shorter wait times and an enhanced travel experience on 15 new, CNG-fueled buses and a system of restored trolleys- a longtime staple of downtown travel. The VIVA routes are an example of VIA’s continued commitment to provide innovative public transportation options and meet the diverse needs of its service area that includes 13 cities in the Greater San Antonio Region.
“The three VIVA routes were inspired by places that celebrate San Antonio, and were developed with input from our community. VIVA will enhance public transportation options in key corridors, and is designed to provide more frequent service and new connections to the region’s most-visited destinations,” VIA President/CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said.
VIA debuted the VIVA brand at the launch, featuring a custom-made VIVA mural. The 6-by- 12-foot mobile artwork was designed by artists for Blue Star Coloring in San Antonio. The mural will be displayed at various venues along the routes throughout the summer.
VIVA runs seven days a week, with extended hours and frequent service. Standard bus fares apply. A complete schedule and locations served by VIVA are available at VIAinfo.net/VIVA.
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