Mule drawn omnibus service begins in San Antonio. It takes two hours to get from downtown to San Pedro park
Mule drawn street cars are introduced cutting the travel time to San Pedro park in half, to one hour
The streetcar system is electrified
Streetcar companies are consolidated into four companies rather than by individual route. The companies are called Belkanp, McCrillis, West End and Alamo Heights
The four streetcar companies are consolidated into the San Antonio Traction Company
Crude early buses - using unsprung truck chassis and solid tires - begin operating in downtown San Antonio for tourists to see the sights
First intercity bus service is created between Luling and San Marcos
Rogue jitney service, using stretched sedans, often uninsured and unlicensed, pops up in competition with streetcars but is soon squelched
The streetcar company merges with the electric company into the privately owned San Antonio Public Service Company
SAPSCO introduces its first bus service, using a vehicle it builds on a truck chassis in its own shops
First communities, such as Olmos Park, are built without streetcar service
Long distance bus service from San Antonio to the oil fields in east Texas introduced
SAPSCO acquires its first factory built bus
Peterson bus company formed in Kerrville
San Antonio's streetcar system reaches its peak of 90 miles
Texas introduces its first intercity bus regulations, mandating insurance and regular maintenance checks among other things, such as state issued route permits
SAPSCO introduces A/C into its streetcar fleet of 160. It is also operating 74 buses
Alamo Heights streetcar line is removed
Intercity bus station opened at corner of Martin and Navarro
SAPSCO pays $250,000 to the almost bankrupt city to be allowed to abandon streetcar service in favor of an all bus service seven years ahead of the specified time in its contract with the city, becoming the first major city to do so. 63 new buses are acquired.
SAPSCO moves 22 million passengers, buys 60 new buses
SAPSCO buys 40 more buses
Due to war time expansion and fuel shortages, SAPCO moves 36 million passengers. SAPSCO is split into two companies due to federal mandate. The still privately owned bus service is renamed "San Antonio Transit Company"
SATCO moves 71 million passengers
SATCO introduces buses with A/C
Despite dramatic citywide population increases, SATCO ridership declines to 36 million
SATCO is purchased by the city and renamed "San Antonio Transit System"
SA Transit System carries 20 million passengers
VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority is formed. VIA covers a much larger area - 1,200 square miles - than the San Antonio owned service, including all the small townships in the county.
VIA carries 34.5 million passengers
VIA introduces streetcar style buses for downtown tourist service
VIA named best transit system in north America
VIA named second most cost effective transit system in the USA
VIA named safest transit system in the USA
VIA introduces propane powered buses that are cleaner, quieter, cost less to operate and are more efficient
VIA replaces its original streetcar buses with newer, propane powered vehicles in the same style
VIA introduces natural gas buses and diesel-electric hybrid buses
VIA carries approximately 47 million passengers on regular, VIA Trans (disabled services), downtown streetcar and special event buses. It owns 418 regular forty foot buses and 104 modified smaller vehicles for VIA Trans services
VIA's regular bus services alone carry an all time high 46.1 million riders
VIA introduces "Primo," a new high speed service using articulated buses with limited control over traffic lights, to run between downtown and the main UTSA campus at IH 10 and Loop 1604 via the medical center
VIA's "Primo" service transports an average of 6,000 riders a day in its first year.