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VIA Breaks Ground on Multimodal Transit Plaza

VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio broke ground Sept. 5 on the second phase of its Westside Multimodal Transit Center, a state-of-the-art public transit hub designed to improve accessibility to the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Downtown Campus and the University Health System’s Robert B. Green Campus and better serve the fast-growing population in the city and county.

The transit center is part of VIA’s SmartMove initiative and is included in VIA’s 2035 Comprehensive Transportation Plan.
VIA President and CEO Jeff Arndt recognized the center’s role in future public transportation developments. “Once we are finished with Phase II in 2015, we will have even more transportation services running through here with six additional bus routes and connections to taxi service, intercity bus service, and the anticipated Lone Star Rail service between San Antonio and Austin,” Arndt said. “This plaza will create a presence in the community, and it will stimulate development and instill a sense of place and pride. This is a significant investment.”

His comments were echoed by agency Chairman Alex Briseño, who said the project will encourage new foot traffic and transit-oriented development in the area. He also asked guests at the ground breaking ceremony to imagine the plaza as a congregating place for the community at the “gateway to the West Side, el corazon de San Antonio (the heart of San Antonio).”

VIA also announced the relocation of its executive offices to the historic depot building adjacent to the site.

VIA Metropolitan Transit board members and local officials, including board Chairman Alexander Briseño, fifth from left, and President/CEO Jeff Arndt, third from right, break ground at the site of the Westside Multimodal Transit Center.

Photo courtesy of VIA Metropolitan Transit

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