VIA Metro Transit is putting the failure of its downtown streetcar project in the rear view mirror, and moving ahead with initiatives to help suburban cities upgrade their bus amenities, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

  VIA will use a $2 million grant from the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to help fund bus shelters, passenger waiting areas, and other amenities which will bring the suburban stations in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  Specific upgrades will be up to the suburbs themselves.  VIA says it will meet with the suburbs in the coming few weeks.

  "We are excited to have this opportunity to work with the suburban cities in our service area to provide transit solutions for our customers," VIA President Jeffrey Arndt said.  "With this funding arrangement, we will be able to provide a robust public transportation system that meets the needs of the entire service area and that gives citizens access to safe, affordable bus and paratransit service."

 VIA serves those suburbs which agree to collect the VIA sales tax.

  VIA last week was forced to backtrack from it's signature initiative, a quarter billion dollar downtown streetcar, in the face of mounting public and government opposition.