VIA to be official transportation partner for Chalk It Up event

VIA to provide fare-free service on all its VIVA routes to support festival

By Troy Blevins - Online Editor
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Photos from last year's Chalk It Up event.

SAN ANTONIO - VIA will be the official transportation partner for this year's Chalk It Up event and will provide fare-free service on all its VIVA routes Saturday to support the festival, VIA Metropolitan Transit and Artpace have announced.

"VIA and Artpace have created an opportunity for artists and patrons to connect as a community though public transportation and public art," VIA president and CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said. "We are proud to support Chalk It Up as part of our commitment to enhance the quality of life in our region by including local artists and art displays in the customer experience."

VIA officials said VIA's VIVA routes are fare-free every Saturday in October to encourage the community to try transit when planning outings to festivals and events in the city center.

Public transit options alleviate traffic, reduce emissions and are an alternative to limited availability for parking downtown, officials said.

The Chalk It Up event transforms Houston Street into a colorful mosaic of street and sidewalk chalk art between Soledad Street and the San Antonio River on Houston Street. Officials said other activities include public murals, featured and emerging artists, food trucks and live music.

"Both Artpace Chalk It Up and VIA help make meaningful connections to our community," Artpace executive director Veronique Le Melle said. "Thanks to the generosity of partners like VIA, we can continue to connect our community and youth to the world of creativity and innovation. This event helps fund renowned educational and community programs -- and reinforces San Antonians' freedom to dream."

Click here for more information on the VIA VIVA routes. Officials said a complete list of routes serving the downtown area is available here, and plan a trip using VIA's new goMobile app or visit the trip planning page here.

Photos above courtesy of Artpace San Antonio. Photo credit: Francisco Cortes.

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