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Raymond Robinson
303-830-0123 x111

VIA Metropolitan Transit

Priscilla Ingle

Via & Neighborhood Link team up, provide info on Web Agreement features addition of VIA route listings

SAN ANTONIO & DENVER, July 26, 1999 - VIA Metropolitan Transit has announced it will provide detailed route information for all San Antonio neighborhoods on Neighborhood Link, an Internet based community network that enables neighborhoods in participating metropolitan areas to create their own free, interactive Web sites.

Through a one-year sponsorship agreement between VIA and Neighborhood Link, VIA joins Tesoro Petroleum Corporation, The San Antonio Spurs, AT&T, Fannie Mae and Southwest General Hospital as the prominent corporate sponsors bringing this one-of-a kind civic communication tool to the San Antonio area. VIA now displays all routes that service each neighborhood directly on those neighborhood’s Web sites. VIA’s 106 routes are arranged by zip code on the Neighborhood Link network so community members can easily find the direct transportation routes to and from their neighborhoods. VIA is the only public transportation company in the nation to have all route maps displayed on neighborhood Web sites in this cutting-edge manner.

“VIA and Neighborhood Link are an outstanding match,” said Ted Pinkowitz, CEO of Neighborhood Link. “VIA is very community oriented and together, we are able to provide San Antonio neighborhoods with some very useful information. VIA provides an important service to San Antonio, and we are pleased to be partnering with them.”

John Milam, general manager of VIA, also expressed enthusiasm for the project. “We are excited to join forces with Neighborhood Link, and we think their service provides an excellent way for us to communicate directly with individual San Antonio neighborhoods about their area of town and specific route information that is targeted to each neighborhood,” Milam said.

The VIA schedules and route maps are located in the Local Government section on the Neighborhood Link Web site

VIA also uses Neighborhood Link to communicate other public services and events, such as special transportation services during special events and public meetings on the future of transportation in San Antonio.

About Neighborhood Link

Neighborhood Link is an Internet-based community network that enables neighborhoods in participating metropolitan areas to create their own free, interactive Web sites. Neighborhood Link, which launched in 1998, becomes fully integrated into communities through partnerships with local governments, neighborhood groups and community organizations, including public schools, libraries, police departments and community newspapers. Denver-based Neighborhood Link serves 20 U.S. metropolitan areas - Baltimore, Cincinnati, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Denver, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland/Vancouver, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, and Tampa - and plans to be in more than 30 markets by December1999. For more information about obtaining free neighborhood Web sites, call toll-free 1-888-241-0123.

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