Apr 8th 2022 | Posted in Transportation by Texas Government Insider

VIA Metropolitan Transit’s proposed Advanced Rapid Transit North/South Corridor (ART) line is recommended for $158 million in first-time funding in President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget released March 28.
VIA bus stop BRT VIA earns recommendation for $158M grant to expand bus rapid transit line

VIA bus stop

The public transportation agency is planning an 11.7-mile expansion of ART service from the San Antonio International Airport through downtown San Antonio, to Steves Avenue in the south connecting to San Antonio International Airport, San Antonio College, VIA Metro Center, Downtown San Antonio and dense commercial and residential areas.

It marks the first time San Antonio and VIA have been able to access this type of funding, which requires transit service that operates in a dedicated lane. VIA began its series of public meetings this week to discuss the project and collect community feedback on the proposed plans for a North/South corridor.
The project is one of seven new BRT and rail projects and eight existing projects the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is recommending for $4.5 billion in grant funding through programs aligned with the proposed budget.
These projects, which require a local match, competed for funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program and Expedited Project Delivery (EPD) Pilot Program.