Passenger Transport February 2019 Vol 77 No 4 - 1

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Transport
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019 | VOLUME 77, NO. 4

VIA Launches
SANDAG, Partners Complete
Newest Prímo Line South Bay Rapid Line
VIA METROPOLITAN
Transit in San Antonio
launched its new Prímo 103
Zarzamora line with a contest,
open through March 31, where
VIA riders who share why they
love riding Prímo could win
gift cards or 31-day passes.
The new line operates on
one of San Antonio's busiest corridors, connecting two
VIA hubs with faster trips and
fewer stops than traditional
fixed-route service. It operates every 12 minutes during
peak hours, using technologies
designed to improve traffic
flow and improve the customer
experience such as transit signal prioritization; free, highspeed Wi-Fi; and real-time
arrival information.
VIA President/Chief Executive Officer Jeff C. Arndt said
of the new route, "High frequency is just one great thing
about Prímo 103. This is also
a smart transit line. That

means our Prímo buses are
innovative vehicles with traffic signal prioritization that
communicates with the city of
San Antonio system; buses and
shelters that have convenient,
free high-speed Wi-Fi; and new
Prímo shelters that also offer
real-time arrival information.
These features are available
throughout the VIA system as
we integrate more smart transit
initiatives. And Prímo brings
them all together. It's the
future of modern transportation today."
Prímo 103 is the first of two
VIA rapid transit lines scheduled to open this year; the
Prímo 102 line will serve the
agency's new Brooks Transit
Center, located in San Antonio's South Side community.
New and improved Prímo stations now feature 26 public
art installations by local and
national artists celebrating
love, culture and community.

R

epresentatives of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG),
the San Diego Metropolitan Transit
System (MTS), Caltrans District 11 and
the cities of Chula Vista and San Diego
celebrated the launch of full service on
the 26-mile South Bay Rapid BRT line at a
recent event that also included the opening
of the Otay Mesa Transit Center in south
San Diego.
The event follows a soft opening last
year for the first 14.5 miles of the route,
Representatives of the agencies and municipalities served by the
operated by MTS. The extended line conSouth Bay Rapid BRT line greeted morning commuters on the first
nects downtown San Diego with the Otay
day of full service on the 26-mile line.
Mesa Transit Center, at a U.S.-Mexico point
of entry, with 12 stations, operating daily
port of entry and secure border crossings for all
from 5 a.m.-11 p.m.
who travel on both sides of the border."
"The opening of the Otay Mesa Transit
MTS Board Chair and San Diego City Council
Center and full launch of the South Bay Rapid
President Georgette Gómez said, "The start of
are part of broader efforts to enhance regional
South Bay Rapid service brings a new and relimobility and foster growth in binational trade,"
able transportation option, connecting South
said SANDAG Chair and Poway Mayor Steve
San Diego County communities with major
Vaus. "Together with our agency partners, we are
employment and entertainment centers throughworking to build upon these efforts through new
out the region." She also called the Otay Mesa
active transportation improvements ... which
Transit Center "a critical transit link for our
will create a fast, efficient, new state-of-the-art
binational mega-region."

Voices of Leadership
AHEAD OF International Women's Day, March 8, Passenger Transport
invited a cross-section of women public transit leaders to discuss
their careers and how they have helped shape the careers of the next
generation.

Being a Team Player,
Building Relationships
VIA Metropolitan Transit's Prímo 103 Zarzamora bus prepares for its first run.

BY K. JANE WILLIAMS
FTA Acting Administrator
IT IS AN EXCITING time
to serve in the field of transportation and I am proud
to serve as one of the many
women leaders at U.S. DOT
as the acting administrator of
FTA.
Growing up in a family of
10, I learned very early the
importance of being a team
player. My parents were my
first strong role models, teach-

ing me the value
lead FTA.
of hard work, the
As I reflect on my
importance of listencareer path, I find
ing to others' perthat one of the most
spectives and serving
beneficial choices I
my community. I
made was to develop
took those lessons
a relationship with
with me when I
a mentor-someone
began my career in
to learn from, to
the Reagan Adminisbrainstorm with and
tration and through- K. Jane Williams
to trust.
out my work in the
Across my career,
Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill. Today, I've certainly
BEING A TEAM PLAYER
drawn on those principles as I
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