In an ongoing effort to further encourage residents and visitors to explore downtown, the City of San Antonio has announced an exciting partnership with VIA Metropolitan Transit and Centro San Antonio. “The E” is a new, free downtown circulator bus providing an easy and convenient way to explore entertainment venues, dining and cultural sites downtown. The route provides frequent service to the Tobin Center, the Convention Center and many other venues, restaurants and hotels in between. The E will run every 10 minutes from 6 p.m. until midnight, Tuesday through Saturday. Service is now underway.
“VIA is proud to announce the launch of The E alongside our many community partners today. This new service reflects VIA’s continued commitment to a robust presence in downtown, and provides a great travel option in and around the downtown area,” said VIA Board Secretary Marc Harrison.
“The E offers a fabulous opportunity to showcase downtown San Antonio as an entertainment hub and to conveniently connect people to the places they want to visit. We want to make it easy for people to take advantage of everything downtown has to offer. We’re excited to be a part of the launch of this new service,” said Pat DiGiovanni, Centro San Antonio President & CEO.
Local parents can pair “The E” with “Downtown Tuesday”, a City of San Antonio initiative which aims to attract residents and visitors to downtown with free parking at City-operated parking garages, lots and meters every Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. “Downtown Tuesday” currently has more than 70 partners, including restaurants, bars, attractions and museums, that offer Tuesday-only specials. Free parking, free “E” rides, and specials at downtown attractions and eateries on Tuesday evenings can make for an affordable family outing or a great “Date Night”.
“We look forward to expanding the success of the Downtown Tuesday initiative,” District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño said. “It makes our downtown more vibrant and welcoming to residents and visitors alike.” For more information on Downtown Tuesday and a complete list of partners and events, visit downtowntuesday.com. Go to VIAinfo.net/E for an interactive map showing how The E can get you to great places for arts, culture and entertainment.