Saturday, March 21, 2020

San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Transit Suspends Fares in Response to Coronavirus

Posted By on Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 8:52 AM

click to enlarge A VIA bus passes The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio at the Pearl. - VIA METROPOLITAN TRANSIT
  • VIA Metropolitan Transit
  • A VIA bus passes The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio at the Pearl.
Beginning Saturday, San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Transit stopped collecting  fares for VIA fixed-route bus service, VIAtrans trips and VIA Link on-demand services.

According to a news release from the transit system, it's suspending all fares through 1 a.m. on April 1 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. At that time, VIA will reevaluate and provide an update on how to proceed.

VIA President and CEO Jeffrey Arndt said the fare relief is among the steps the system is taking to provide safe service. Stopping the exchange of money maintains social distancing for bus operators, while giving financial relief for riders.

“We realize that public transit is a necessity for many in our community everyday, and perhaps especially during a crisis, including those whose work is essential during emergencies, or who may rely on transit as their only means of travel to workplaces, meal distribution sites, critical service centers, or other necessary trips,” Arndt said.

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.

Read the Digital Print Issue

March 25, 2020


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation