College is expensive, but, for UTSA students, getting around San Antonio won't be, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Beginning with the fall 2019 semester, all students, faculty members, and staffers at UTSA will receive free VIA Metro Transit bus passes, good for unlimited transportation throughout the city.
“This agreement with VIA will radically change the way UTSA approaches transportation,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “The VIA U-Pass will allow students, faculty and staff to easily move between UTSA’s campuses-and throughout San Antonio-with minimal environmental impact. Given our plans to increase enrollment to 45,000 in the next decade, this is a worthy investment that takes some financial pressure off our students while supporting the city’s sustainable transportation goals.”
The program is being funded by UTSA, with the goal of cutting down the sometimes choking congestion on parking lots on the main campus, but VIA says it will also familiarize students with the advantages of public transportation. Among the routes included in the VIA U-Pass is a direct route from the main to downtown campus.
The UTSA campus transit system will continue shuttling students to and from campus parking lots and apartment complexes. The 'Runner has been a major safety factory for UTSA students, especially for night classes.
UTSA says the system will also give students more options to interact with the community, especially those without cars, and will also make it easier for students to get to recreational, dining, and retail establishments which are not within walking distance of the campus.
“We aim to offer all our students a comprehensive living and learning experience,” said Sam Gonzales, UTSA vice president for student affairs. “The VIA U-Pass will make it even easier for them to pursue experiential learning opportunities and fully engage with the city of San Antonio.”