AACOG is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, established under Chapter 391 of the Local Government Code as a voluntary association of local governments and organizations that serves its members through planning, information, and coordination activities. One of AACOG’s programs is Alamo Regional Transit (ART). ART is a Section 5311-funded Rural Transit District that also provides a limited amount of 5307-funded service in the San Antonio Urbanized Area (UZA). AACOG governs ART with a 35-member board of directors and created the Alamo Regional Transportation Steering Committee to make strategic decisions concerning regional transportation issues.
ART provides demand-response transportation services in the greater Alamo Region consisting of twelve rural counties that include Comal, Guadalupe, Atascosa, Bandera, Frio, Gillespie, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina, and Wilson Counties. ART also makes limited trips between the rural areas and destinations in Bexar County and San Antonio. ART’s 11,173 square-mile service area surrounds the San Antonio UZA that VIA serves. ART’s service area is home to an estimated population of 591,258 people.
ART’s demand-response service is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and must be prescheduled by noon the day before service. Service is operated on a curb-to-curb basis. Although the service is open to the general public, when demand for service exceeds available capacity, priority is given to older adults, low-income families, people with disabilities, and veterans. Trip purposes served include those related to adult day care, nutrition, medical, shopping, work, and school.
One-way fares for ART demand-response trips are based on pick-up and drop-off points and the number of county lines crossed: $2.00 within one town, $6.00 out of town within the same county, $8.00 crossing one county over, and $12.00 to two or more counties over. ART also provides human service transportation throughout its service area under contracts with Medicaid brokers.
ART, in partnership with the city of Seguin, also operates the Connect Seguin, a flex route that circulates within the City of Seguin, Guadalupe County. Connect Seguin operates in hourly headways Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The general public fare is $1.00, with reduced fares ($0.50) charged to students and older adults aged 60 or over. Police, fire, and military personnel ride free in uniform. The Alamo Area Council of Governments FTA funds and the City of Seguin fund this service.
ART recently began operating a second bus service in Atascosa County called Atascosa Cowboy Connect in partnership with Atascosa County, and the cities of Poteet, Jourdanton, and Pleasanton. There are two routes, one from Jourdanton to Pleasanton and the other from Poteet to Pleasanton that operate in hourly headways. Both the routes operate Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The route can be deviated up to half a mile. Transfers can be made at the H.E.B. in Pleasanton. The general public fare is $1.00 and reduced fares ($0.50) for older adults and students.
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