UTSA students receive free Via bus passes


Mina Alaniz

UTSA and VIA Metropolitan Transit have partnered to provide free and unlimited bus service to current UTSA students, faculty and staff.

“Roadrunners can save money by riding for free with VIA rather than paying for a parking permit.” Clay Haverland, UTSA’s assistant vice president for Campus Services, said.

Students can save $163 on parking permits each year, and they can also save on gas to help cut back on harmful emissions. It’s a win-win. Students who ride with VIA can avoid the hassle of finding parking on campus, which becomes increasingly difficult as UTSA continues to grow.

VIA’s bus stop is located across from the North Paseo Building. Additionally, VIA is available at the Downtown Campus.

“VIA also provides a wide range of routes across the San Antonio area, including Route 93, which provides convenient and quick transportation between the university’s Main and Downtown Campuses,” Haverland said.

All VIA buses are equipped with ramps which may be lowered upon request for easy boarding and deboarding. This feature provides accessibility for disabled riders.

While on board, students can enjoy free 4G LTE Wi-Fi to work on homework, check emails or surf the web. All while getting to their destination.

“Download the VIA goMobile ticketing app. You will receive emailed instructions from VIA at ‘[email protected]’ Sign up using your UTSA preferred email address. Use the app to plan your trip, and access your U-Pass ticket when you’re ready to ride,” Haverland said. More information is available on UTSA’s Campus Services website.

“VIA gets me to my destination on time. It is very reliable. What I like most is its cleanliness and that I can catch a cat nap and still get where I need to be,” Victoria Hacker, senior business administration major and VIA bus rider, said.