SWART veterans’ ride program adds routes

Southwest Area Regional Transit District has added two more routes to its veterans’ ride program, with one allocated to the Kerrville route and the other to the San Antonio route.

Veterans, their dependents and surviving spouses can now access transportation to obtain health care in San Antonio and Kerrville three times per week. The travel covers VA-supported health care and non-VA-supported health care appointments.

San Antonio routes are provided Monday, Wednesday and Friday with an arrival time of 9:30 a.m. and departing San Antonio at 4 p.m.

Riders can access the Kerrville route on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each week. The arrival time in Kerrville is 8:30 a.m. and departure to return from Kerrville is at 3:30 p.m. The service is provided free of charge to veterans and their dependents.

“We are excited to see this program grow since its inception in July. The feedback has been positive with interests in more routes and days of service being added,” said Sarah Hidalgo-Cook, general manager for SWART. “We are working hand-in-hand with the various veterans’ service officers throughout the region to determine which days of travel are more feasible for their counties. It has been a successful regional effort thus far seeing an increase from 40 one-way trips per month in the beginning to now over 150 one-way trips per month.”


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