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VIA Metropolitan Transit will seek a sales tax election this November. The board voted unanimously Thursday morning to inform the City of San Antonio and Bexar County of its intent to send the issue of a 1/8th cent sales tax to voters. 

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VIA Metropolitan Transit may ask voters this November to approve a 1/8th of a cent sales tax to help secure its financial future. The 1/8th of a cent currently funds aquifer protection and the linear creekway trail system. It expires next year and is now up for grabs.

The VIA board will vote formally on the issue Thursday morning.

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A VIA bus driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, according to an internal letter sent to VIA employees.  

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VIA Metropolitan Transit has a 10-year strategic plan to improve bus frequency, reliability and safety, but its ability to do so depends on figuring out how to pay for it. With a service area of 1,221 miles, VIA covers more ground but receives less than half the funding of any other major Texas metro. 


A file photo of a VIA bus in San Antonio.
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Officials from VIA Metropolitan Transit said a ride sharing pilot program on the Northeast Side of San Antonio could expand to other outlying neighborhoods.  


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San Antonio, it’s utilities and partners threw back the curtain on some of their data. The city’s first datathon concluded Sunday and was intended to find solutions through data on either transportation, sustainability or access to services.

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If you dread the drive back and forth to work each day, you may consider changing the way you commute. 


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Work is underway on the first high-occupancy lanes in Bexar County to encourage car pooling and bus riding, while easing traffic congestion.


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The wait time for a bus will be shorter for some commuters as VIA Metropolitan Transit increases the frequency of routes throughout San Antonio.


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Here are a few facts guaranteed to get your attention:  

The San Antonio area adds 146 new residents every day, and they’re bringing their cars.

A 50 minute drive today is expected to take 91 minutes in 2040.  

By then, 39 percent of our roadways will be severely congested all day long.

This week Texas Public Radio’s “Growing Pains” project takes a look at options for getting ahead of the traffic jam,  with a series of reports, “Stuck Behind The Wheel.” We start by looking at how San Antonio’s primary form of mass transit could be part of the solution. 

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