San Antonio: VIA Metro Completes Schematics for Northeast Mobility Hub
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — VIA Metropolitan Transit has completed schematic designs for a Northeast Mobility Hub that will begin servicing the Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Nacogdoches Road corridors by late 2021.
During an Aug. 25 session of the VIA Metro Board of Trustees, the manager of strategic planning, Art Herrera, said schematics were done and the project team would move to final design in September.
“It is our intent to have construction begin in the second quarter of FY 2021 and have the project completed next year,” Herrera said.
Infrastructure improvements associated with the hub would include upgrades to the sidewalks and street, shelter with lighting and benches for bus riders, and construction of a turnaround to allow buses to do a 360 degree turn.
The project site is on Uhr Lane at Naco Pass, which is a block west of Thousand Oaks at Perrin Beitel Road. A small parcel of land must be acquired to accomplish build-out of the turnaround.
Other amenities planned include WiFi, signage, blue phone, and crosswalks.
Herrera said the project cost is estimated to be $1.3 million, but that does not include the purchase price for the real estate.
Herrera described the the Northeast Mobility Hub as part of VIA’s short range transit plan and does not preclude construction of another facility on the northeast corridor at some point in the next few years. However, proceeding with plans for another facility depends on funding availability and and updated assessment of need.
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