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VIA Link to become primary transportation service for students on the Southside

VIA Link to become primary transportation service for students on the Southside - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

The VIA Metropolitan Transit bus stop at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Oct. 26, 2020. VIA put a proposition on the ballot for the 2020 election that could increase their funds. File photo by Maegan Mendoza

Texas A&M University-San Antonio has partnered with the VIA Metropolitan Transit, which is San Antonio’s public transportation system, to create two programs giving students to access free transportation with a valid student/staff ID. 

The U-Pass program provides an unlimited amount of rides to students each semester. 

The VIA Link program, which works similarly to Uber within a served local area, will operate seven days a week, 5:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. 

Lorraine Pulido, Communications Manager for the VIA Metropolitan Transit, explained the success of the VIA Link since it launched. 

“We have seen a very successful early adoption of the VIA Link south zone service, with more than 1600 riders using the service since its launch on Aug. 8,” she said. 

VIA Link is similar to Uber and Lyft but Pulido believes that VIA Link provides more benefits for students, faculty and staff.

“VIA Link’s app-based van ride share service offers better frequency, additional hours of operation and improved access to convenient trip options with the same fares and discounts as bus services,” she said. 

Pulido said the last day for the old bus route is on Oct. 23 and will be replaced by the current system. 

The following graphic shows the area served and services provided:

Image courtesy of Via Metropolitan Transit

VIA Link south includes destinations such as Palo Alto College, A&M-San Antonio, Texas Vista Medical Center, South Park Mall, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Walmart and HEB.  

There are three pick-up and drop-off points on campus. One of them is north of the Welcome Center, located in the Madla building. 

To book a ride, download the VIA Link app on the App store or Google play or call (210) 655-LINK

How to book on the app:

 

 

                           

For more information, visit: https://www.viainfo.net/link

 

           

 

       

 

   

 

   

 

About the Author

Raul Trey Lopez
Assistant Editor
Raul Trey Lopez is a communication junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He is a first-generation college student. In his spare time, he likes to write in his journals and listen to music. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in sports or music journalism while also maintaining his family flooring business.

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