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NEWS | Feb. 17, 2016

JBSA, VIA team up for new P4 community partnership initiative

Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs

VIA Metropolitan Transit celebrated their continued support to Joint Base San Antonio Public/Public/Public/Private Community Partnership Initiative at VIA headquarters Feb. 8 with a new “Active Duty, Active of Thanks” initiative.

Brig. Gen. Bob LaBrutta, 502nd Air Base Wing and JBSA commander, expressed his thanks on behalf of JBSA for VIA’s continued support by paying it forward, providing affordable and reliable transportation to the military in his speech.

“Historically, in 1917, the city’s very first motorized buses transported service members from Fort Sam Houston to the city of San Antonio and back,” LaBrutta said. “Today, VIA continues to serve the military, first with their JBSA Express initiative, which transports our workforce to-and-from JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and JBSA-Lackland Monday through Sunday; and now, by offering reduced prices to our active duty military members.”

VIA’s extension of their P4 will offer reduced rates, allowing all active duty members to ride VIA transportation at half-price fares throughout San Antonio or for a special monthly rate.

“Anytime military members get half the price on anything is a good thing for our service members and their families,” LaBrutta said. “This is a win-win, not just for the military but for the city of San Antonio as well.”

“The military is an important part of our city and this is our way of giving thanks to the military,” Jeffrey C. Arndt, VIA President and CEO, said. “After all, we are Military City USA.”

“The relationship that we have across the city and region is just magnificent,” LaBrutta said. “Military City USA is not just a slogan; our community partners provide incredible support to JBSA and walk the walk through actions … not talk … every single day!”

The P4 permits the 502nd ABW and JBSA to enter into partnerships in the community in order to provide, receive or share installation support services for many of its municipal and morale, welfare and recreation functions.

Active duty members must be in uniform to receive VIA’s special rate, or obtain special monthly reduced fare cards at any one of the VIA service centers.