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VIA says VIVA routes' first year was successful

More than 360,500 passenger rides on three routes

SAN ANTONIO – VIA Metropolitan Transit said the first year for its three VIVA routes centered around big, frequently-visited locations was a successful one.

The routes — known as VIVA Centro, VIVA Culture and VIVA Missions — had more than 360,500 passenger rides in their first year. They go through what VIA calls "the heart of San Antonio" and come together at Alamo Plaza.

"We've made it very simple, that we converge in one spot and then you can get just about anywhere in the urban core to these destinations," said Jeffrey Arndt, VIA president and CEO.

Waiting at the Alamo Plaza stop, Paul Raisch said he and his group were visiting from upstate New York and had been taking the Number 40 Missions route as they saw the sites.

"The drivers are very friendly and informative," Raisch said. "They've suggested places for dinner and other places to see while we're here for a few days."

The trio said they had bought the $2.75 day pass to get around.

"We're able to hop on and off because we've got the all-day pass and stop at each mission, spend as much time as we wanted to," R.J. Raisch said.

VIA believes the VIVA routes will be a great way for people to visit the big destinations during next year's Tricentennial celebrations.

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