Many of the 12,000 people who work at the Port take advantage of public transportation to get to and from their jobs. And with the Port’s big plans to add 5,000 new jobs in five years at the 1,900-acre campus, as well as a project that will add nearly 300 new on-site residences, the time is right to enhance public transportation amenities for the growing number of workers and on-site residents.
As part of its SmartMove initiative, VIA Metropolitan Transit has launched six new passenger shelters at the Port--along General McMullen and General Hudnell drives.
Streamlined and modern, the shelters serve the 62 and 524 bus lines and provide greater weather protection and secure lighting to passengers.
“Aside from being more enhanced and uniform, these new structures also serve to replace aging shelters and, in turn, reduce maintenance costs,” explained Port San Antonio Project Manager Andrew Perez, who served as the manager of this project. “Additionally, the shelters will improve bus stop accessibility and overall comfort for VIA riders.”
With Port San Antonio being an important destination for many workers in the Greater San Antonio region, VIA’s service to the area is part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to providing access with diverse transportation choices and amenities.
“Safety and comfort are important to our customers, so they are our top priorities when planning and providing a comprehensive public transportation system that includes a modern system of bus shelters,” said VIA President and CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt.
The new shelters at the Port are part of VIA’s efforts to build 1,000 similar units city-wide.