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Published on Monday, July 28, 2014
The City of San Antonio and Bexar County are asking VIA to develop a new transportation proposal that could be taken to the voters for consideration at a future time.
Both the City and the County believe that it is important that there be community consensus on a comprehensive multi-modal transportation plan. At this time, there is a lack of community support for the streetcar project. Therefore, Mayor Ivy R. Taylor is asking City staff to draft an ordinance for City Council consideration which withdraws the City’s $32 million to the streetcar project, redirects those dollars to other development initiatives in the center city, and states that the City Council will not approve streetcars without a vote of the electorate. The Mayor plans to appoint a Charter Commission to explore transportation and other issues.
“We hear and understand the concerns of our community and agree to discontinue our involvement in the streetcar project. We wish to give San Antonio residents the opportunity to provide input on a new proposal which could culminate with a community-wide vote,” said Mayor Taylor. “The public’s support and participation in deciding on public transit services is important to the City. It is also consistent with the City’s current effort to update the San Antonio Comprehensive Master Plan and Transportation Plan.”
A full report on the streetcar petition signatures, by the City Clerk, will be presented at the August 6, 2014 B-Session.
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