VIA and community stakeholders have been developing VISION 2040, the metro’s long range plan over the past year and half. As of this week, the current draft of the plan is available online, in addition to hard copies at multiple location around town. VIA is accepting public feed back on the plan through August 19. VIA, and VISION 2040 is critical in the city’s preparation for the anticipated 1 million more people to be living and working in San Antonio in the next 25 years.
“The Vision 2040 Long Range Plan is our roadmap, a living document that is continuously revisited and refined to reflect public priorities, accommodate shifting growth and development, and support a larger transportation vision with options that provide opportunity and access to all.” said VIA CEO Jeff Arndt. The plan currently calls for increased use of the existing PRIMO buses, as well as an introduction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and/or light rail. The key difference with PRIMO and BRT, is BRT would have dedicated lanes of travel, expediting service times and providing a key value-add to commuters looking to bypass traffic.
VISION 2040 outlines time tables for implementation and expansion of services and addresses funding deficiencies and general new sources to be tapped. VIA is focusing on efficiently connecting nodes throughout the city and using technology, like real time signage currently used on PRIMO lines, to improve functionality for users.
Review the plan and provide your feed back online with VIA.