VIA upgrades, expands wireless service throughout fleet, facilities


SAN ANTONIO – The availability of VIA Metropolitan Transit's free wireless Internet service is expanding to encompass the agency's fleet and facilities beginning Sept. 1.

"This is a significant step forward in connectivity for our riders,” VIA CEO Jeffrey Arndt said. "With this expansion and simultaneous upgrade to VIA’s Internet service, all of our riders will be able to take advantage of their commutes to finish work assignments, stay in touch with family and friends, or simply pass the time while they ride the bus."

VIA's express routes, Primo routes and 11 transit centers currently offer 3G wireless service, but will all be improved to 4G LTE, which will be available on all VIA buses and properties.

"VIA’s addition of free Wi-Fi services throughout their fleet and all facilities complements recent technological advances in the San Antonio area, allowing VIA customers to enjoy additional conveniences and amenities as they travel throughout our region using public transportation," said Henry Cisneros, chairman of the board of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

The upgraded service will be provided by Verizon and Cradlepoint and will be installed on the paratransit fleet by Nov. 1.

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