VIA offering free fares Saturday, Sunday for riders

The bus company is working to help residents make trips to get food, medicine and other essentials

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SAN ANTONIO – After a couple of days of suspended services because of icy roads and wintry weather, VIA will offer free rides over the weekend for residents.

Regular buses, VIAtrans and VIA Link service will offer free fares Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21, according to the company.

After suspending transit service for four days due to dangerous roadways and wintry weather conditions, VIA was able to return to a regular schedule as of Friday morning. This includes nearly 300 VIAtrans trips that were arranged for customers who were traveling to dialysis appointments, according to VIA.

“While it was a difficult decision to pause service this week, it allowed us to prioritize the wellbeing of our passengers as well as our frontline employees, who continue to demonstrate their dedication to service and safety, even in the face of multiple crises,” VIA President/CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said Friday in a release. “We appreciate our customers’ patience during this time and are thankful to our VIA team members and public safety partners whose work allowed us to weather this storm and get back on the road as soon as possible.”

With fuel and other basic items in short supply, VIA is offering to help residents make trips to get food, medicine and other essentials. Customers are also reminded to follow COVID-19 health guidelines, including wearing a face covering while on board of a VIA vehicle.

Any detours or service changes will be posted on VIA social media channels or at VIAinfo.net

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