A major part of the VIA Reimagined plan for San Antonio public transportation is the construction of an Advanced Rapid Transit Network (or ART). The ART network is essentially Bus Rapid Transit with dedicated corridors designed to ease traffic congestion. Shorter commute times, faster connections to major employment centers, and dedicated lanes that prioritize your trip make it easier to choose and use transit. Trackless tram technology has also been suggested for these routes as a cheap alternative to light rail. There are 4 proposed corridors running east-west and north-south through San Antonio.
The plan promises:
-Shorter trip times
-Dedicated lanes to allow ART vehicles to bypass traffic
-Fewer stops than regular bus service
-Traffic signal priority allows ART vehicles to move through the corridor quickly
-Raised station platforms for easy boarding
-Off-bus fare collection so passengers can enter quickly from multiple doors
-Larger vehicles accommodate more people and bicycles
-Enhanced stations provide real-time arrival information, Wi-Fi and benches
-Vehicles use energy-efficient technology
The major impediment is that VIA sorely lacks the funds to intiate this sorely needed project. With appropriate resources, the first proposed ART corridor could be completed by 2028.
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