VIA Metropolitan Transit

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VIA Metropolitan Transit serves the city of San Antonio, Texas as well as its surrounding municipalities.

History

VIA Metropolitan Transit began operations in 1978 after voters approved a half-cent sales tax to fund the service. It is the successor to the San Antonio Transit System.

For the majority of its existence, VIA has only used propane-fueled buses. They did not order their first diesel-fueled buses until 2000.

Routes

VIA operates 6 different types of routes; Metro, Frequent, Skip, Express, VIVA, and Primo. The routes are numbered from 2-660.

Metro (Purple) routes serve specific residential areas and usually run every 30-60 minutes.

Frequent (Red) routes are similar to Metro routes, but run every 15 minutes through most of the day.

Skip (Green) routes serve frequently-traveled roads but have fewer stops to reduce travel times.

Express (Orange) routes run along major highways in San Antonio and are designed for quick travel between Downtown San Antonio and specific residential area, transit centers, or military bases.

VIVA (Turquoise) routes are specially designed Skip routes that serve local tourist attractions and landmarks, such as museums, shopping districts, and the Missions.

Primo routes are Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines that serve the heaviest traveled corridors using articulated buses and 40 foot buses. VIA plans to expand Primo service to other corridors in future decades.

Fares

Local: $1.30

Express: $2.60

Transfers: $0.15

Day Pass: $2.75

VIAtrans (Paratransit) Service: $2.00

31-Day Pass: $38

7-Day Pass: $12

Semester Pass (for K-12 and College Students): $38

Transit Bus Roster

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
96-114 VIA Metropolitan Transit 114-a.jpg 2005 Optima AH-28 Propane Cummins Westport B LPG Plus Allison B300R
115-117 VIA Metropolitan Transit 115-a.jpg 2012 Proterra EcoRide BE35
  • First electric buses in the fleet.
  • Only used on downtown circulator routes.
261-324 VIA Metropolitan Transit 317-a.jpg 2005 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL ZF 5HP592C
325-338 VIA Metropolitan Transit 337-a.jpg 2006 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL ZF 5HP592C
339-375 VIA Metropolitan Transit 352-a.jpg 2008 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL ZF 5HP592C
376-405 VIA Metropolitan Transit 379-a.jpg 2010 NFI DE40LFR Cummins ISL Allison EP40
hybrid system
  • Used on express routes only.
  • First order of diesel-electric hybrid buses.
  • Feature cushioned seats and reading lamps.
  • Recently started getting repainted into the new red livery.
406-420 VIA Metropolitan Transit 409-a.jpg 2016 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
421-691 VIA Metropolitan Transit 421-a.jpg 2016-2017 Nova Bus LFS Natural Gas Cummins Westport ISL G Voith D864.6 Part of a 5 year agreement for up to 500 buses to replace the aging diesel fleet.
692-735 VIA Metropolitan Transit 731-a.jpg 2018 Nova Bus LFS Natural Gas Cummins Westport ISL G Voith D864.6
947-950 VIA Metropolitan Transit 948-a.jpg 2010 NABI 40-LFW CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R First order of CNG buses.
951-966 VIA Metropolitan Transit 955-a.jpg 2012 NABI 60-BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B500R
  • First order of articulated buses.
  • Feature display screens which show service announcements and route information.
  • Used exclusively for the Primo (Route 100) service, which began in December 2012.
967-969 VIA Metropolitan Transit 967-a.jpg 2013 NABI 60-BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B500R Purchased for fleet expansion when service was added to the city of Leon Valley.
970-987 VIA Metropolitan Transit 978-a.jpg 2018 Nova Bus LFS Natural Gas Cummins Westport ISL G Voith D864.6
  • BRT styling
  • Will be used on new PRIMO route 103 Zarzamora.

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
77-95 1982-1983 Chance VS-24 Trolley replicas used in "Alamo Street Car" service.
111-120 1980 Chance RT-50
123-129 1984 Chance RT-50
130-137 1985 Chance RT-50
138-177 1986 Chance RT-52
200-320 1977-1978 GMC RTS-01
(TH-8201)
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
200-260 (2nd) VIA Metropolitan Transit 244-a.jpg 2003 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR ZF 5HP592C Remaining fleet retired in June 2017.
321-443 1981 GMC RTS-04
(T7W-204)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
444-528 1984 GMC RTS-04
(T7W-204)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 506 was bought by a private owner for an RV conversion project. It was not completed and was listed on Craigslist in South San Antonio, TX on 10/3/2019.[1]
529 1988 TMC RTS-06
(T70-606)
Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison V731
530-632 1988 TMC RTS-06
(T70-206)
Detroit Diesel 6V71 Allison V731 1 unit (VIN: 1TUNDT2A2JR825715) was bought by American Bus Coach Inc. and became a party limo bus numbered 105. It was spotted near Annandale, VA on 2/12/2018.[2]
633-662 1992 TMC RTS-06
(T80-206)
Detroit Diesel 6L71TA Allison V731
664-729 (1st) 2000 Champion Solo Powered by propane fuel.
730-809 (2nd) VIA Metropolitan Transit 766-a.jpg 1999 NABI 40-LFW
(040.05)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • First buses built in North America equipped with the Cummins ISL engine.
  • Some units were rebuilt using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Some units were repainted into the new VIA livery, which featured different colors that weren't specific to any routes.
  • All remaining units retired by the end of October 2017.
810-889 VIA Metropolitan Transit 858-a.jpg 2000 NABI 40-LFW
(040.05)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • Some units are being repainted into the new VIA livery which features different colors that aren't specific to any routes.
  • All remaining units retired on July 6, 2018.
890-946 VIA Metropolitan Transit 928-a.jpg 2001 NABI 40-LFW
(040.05)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R All remaining units retired on July 6, 2018.

VIAtrans pararansit

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
V-263 2006 Chevrolet C4500 cutaway VIN - 1GBE4V1GX6F413105
V-359 2013 Chevrolet G4500 cutaway VIN - 1GB6G5BB7D1130539

References