VIA rolls out new bus service

VIA Primo runs route to Medical Center, downtown and main UTSA campus


SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio's VIA bus service launched its newest idea to make commuting faster and easier for riders.

The new $70 million VIA Primo runs double size buses along a route that goes from downtown to the Medical Center along Fredericksburg Road, and continues to the main UTSA campus.

VIA says the Primo project includes special bus stops along Fredericksburg Road.

Primo's 60-foot long buses are significantly larger than VIA's current fleet. And VIA claims they'll be a cost-effective alternative to light rail lines.

VIA also says its new buses operate on compressed natural gas so they are cheaper to run and better for the environment.

The Primo buses also are also able to accommodate mobility devices for the disabled and are large enough to allow bikes on board.

They also are equipped with WiFi service.

The VIA Primo service started rolling Saturday and rides are free until the buses make their official debut on Monday.