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VIA changes bus routes to avoid construction

July 31, 2018

VIA Metropolitan Transit bus routes are changing next month to avoid construction in the downtown area.

It’s also modifying routes in Leon Valley and Alamo Heights.

The new routes and other service adjustments will begin on Aug. 20, according to a VIA news release.

The following downtown routes, which were first detoured in June, are now official service revisions: 17, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 70, 75, 77, 93, 94 and 100.

The downtown lineup, which is when all the buses gather to provide late-night riders a last chance to get home, was moved to Travis Park in June and will stay there. That change affects the following routes: 202, 204, 209, 214, 222, 225, 230, 232, 242, 243, 246, 251, 268, 275, 276, 277, 282, 288, 289 and 296.

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In addition, 11 Viva Culture, a route that takes riders through Alamo Heights, is being modified to continue down New Braunfels, passing the McNay Art Museum, and looping back to Broadway on East Castano.

The 88 Bandera will travel straight down Evers and no longer detour on Seneca and Poss in Leon Valley.

The 640 Valley Forge route will continue as route 641 and the 642 Nacogdoches route will continue as route 640.

New pocket schedules can be found at VIAinfo.net. Riders who want to see how the new route will affect their travel can use the online Personal Trip Planner on VIA’s website and enter a trip date later than Aug. 20 — but they’ll have to wait until no sooner than two weeks before the change.

VIA also announced that its automated trip planning feature, next-bus digital signage and their texting service, which can be reached by messaging 52020, will resume normal operations to reflect the new routes.

jbeltran@express-news.net | Twitter: @JBfromSA

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