Did you know that by the year 2040 San Antonio’s population will increase by over 1 million? It’s true — SATX is one of the fastest-growing cities in America, and VIA is making sure to address this growth by providing new means of transportation with its Keep SA Moving initiative.
A part of this grand plan includes the Alamo City’s first Advanced Rapid Transit Project (ART). Here’s what we know + how you can provide input on the project design and development in upcoming meetings.
🚎 What is ART?
- This proposed 12-mile corridor plans to connect the airport, downtown + the Missions through dedicated lanes along San Pedro Avenue.
- The project is currently in the development phase, which means that between now and 2025 VIA will be working on creating an approved set of construction plans.
- The proposed construction phase is set to begin in 2025.
- ART service is set to open to the public in 2027.
🚎 Benefits of ART
The goal is to provide alternative transportation to the rapidly growing population in our city. ART plans to:
- Offer 10-15 minute service all day
- Real-time route information
- Boarding options for all abilities
- Delivers access to key destinations
- Pay before you board options
🚎 How will this project get funded?
VIA is currently the only Texas project added to the funding recommendation list for the Fiscal Year 2023. If approved, ART may secure $158 million, making it the first time the Alamo City has accessed this type of funding in history. The overall cost for ART is expected to be $320 million.
🚎 ART public meetings
Residents will have two options to provide input + feedback on the project in person as well as view past meetings on its website.