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.
A look at SATX’s transportation future. | Courtesy of VIA
🚎 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.
Potential stops will begin at the airport and end at Steves Avenue. | Courtesy of VIA
🚎 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
SATX is the No. 7 largest city in the country with around 1.5 million residents. | Courtesy of VIA
🚎 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.
SATX Coffee and Networking | Wed., June 29 | 9:30 a.m. | Key Coworking, 1520 W. Contour Dr. | Free | Come network with other professionals in a relaxed setting — free coffee is provided.
Just Around The River Bend | Thurs., June 30 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Confluence Park | Free | Meet the San Antonio River Authority scientist + river critters with an interactive demonstration. 🐟
Jazz at the Rathskeller | Thurs., June 30 | 8-10 p.m. | Hermann Sons Rathskeller Bar, 525 S. St. Mary’s St. | $5 cover | The historic Rathskeller Bar welcomes the Aaron Prado Trio with drummer Bobby Kapp — free parking. 🎷
San Antonio Forever | Fri., July 1 | 7-10 p.m. | Creative Eye, 1420 S. Alamo St. | Free | Marvel at this love letter to the city featuring 10 new artworks from SATX artist Timothy McVain. 🖼️
Bud Light Stars Stripes & Lights | Sat., July 2-Mon., July 4 | All day | The San Antonio Riverwalk | Free | Experience one thousand American flags line up along the River Walk, live music + shop local artisans during this patriotic weekend. 🇺🇲
Meditation | Shambhala | Sat., July 2 | 9 a.m.-10 a.m. | The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Free | Make meditation part of your morning routine by joining this session led by The Shambhala Meditation Center. 🙏
River Walk Artisan Show | Sun., July 3 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | 602 E. Commerce St. | Free entry | Shop over 40 handmade artisan booths including pottery, textiles + more. 🛍️
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San Antonio ranked No. 12 amongst large metros building the most homes in the US according to Inspection Support Network. To determine the data, researchers ranked metro areas according to the number of new housing units authorized per 1,000 existing homes in 2021. SATX has jumped over 40% since 2019. 🏘️
Both Cervecería Chapultepec San Antonio locations are now closed. The business announced it on social media without an explanation behind the decision. The Mexican-inspired restaurant was known for its $3.70 beverage + food specials. 🍺
The Pride Center of San Antonio is offering free therapy sessions for members of the LGBTQ+ community and their families residing in Texas. Those interested in these services can apply by visiting the website. 🏳️🌈
The San Antonio Airport announced the return of nonstop flights to Colorado Springs with Southwest Airlines. The seasonal service will begin on Sat., Nov. 12. ✈️
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Inspired by the NYC-based TikTok account City Girls Who Walk, San Antonio now has its own chapter.
Founded by two local women, City Girls Who Walk SATX is inviting SATX ladies to connect and meet others during a stroll at a local park. The next walk will take place tonight at Phil Hardberger Park West. Make sure to wear pink + bring water — pups on leashes are welcome.
Those interested in becoming a walk leader, can submit an application.
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