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PROJECT UPDATE: VIA’s Westside Transit Center

VIA’s Westside Multimodal Transit Center (WSMMTC) is making progress towards its summer 2015 completion.  The project, a $35 million investment, is one of the six initiatives in VIA’s SmartMove Program and involves renovating the former 1907 International & Great Northern Terminal building, most recently the Generations Federal Credit Union.  VIA received a $15 million grant from the US Department of Transportation to help fund the project.  Plans also call for improving parking and adding a transit transfer hub plaza.

Phase I and II of Transit Center
Phase I and II of Transit Center

The interior renovations have been complete, and the building is the first downtown stop for the VIA Primo line. The property for the transit plaza has been acquired and ground breaking is expected to be this year with construction being complete by summer 2015.

 

Westside Multi-Modal Center, Photo by Taylor Allen
Westside Multi-Modal Center, Photo by Taylor Allen

Ultimately, the plaza will act as a hub, allowing for transit connections between the Primo, inner-city routes, streetcar service, taxi transfer, and for the proposed Lone Star Rail.  The center will be able to accommodate the current 500+ express service bus trips that go in and out of the City’s Central Business District daily, allowing riders to easily link to alternate modes of transit once in downtown.

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Location of proposed transit hub plaza, Photo by Taylor Allen

The center, located at Houston and Medina, is in the immediate vicinity of UTSA’s Downtown Campus, University Health System’s Robert B. Green Campus, Bexar County Jail, and Haven for Hope.  This type of improvement, with its proximity to downtown, is expected to spur development of currently vacant or under utilized properties. 

 

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