Government Issues

San Antonio streetcar project nixed

Posted on July 30, 2014

Photo courtesy VIA
Photo courtesy VIA
The City of San Antonio and Bexar County are withdrawing $32 million in funding and asking VIA Metropolitan Transit to develop a new streetcar 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 and feel there is a lack of community support for the streetcar project at this time, according to a joint press release.

RELATED: San Antonio's BRT Service Offers Fast, Comfortable Transport

Because of the lack of community support, Mayor Ivy R. Taylor is asking City staff to draft an ordinance for City Council consideration to withdraw the City’s $32 million to the streetcar project and redirect those dollars to other development initiatives in the center city. The ordinance will also include wording 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 by the City Clerk will be presented August 6.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Ann Arbor Transit millage renewal to hit August ballot

By renewing and restoring the same tax rate of 0.7 mills that voters first approved in 2014, the board's resolution states, the AAATA would be able to maintain the expanded levels of public transit and paratransit services that have been introduced in recent years.

APTA, industry leaders oppose Administration's deep cuts to public transit

The Administration offered cuts to crucial programs that fund public transit infrastructure to pay for their proposed infrastructure plan.

APTA urges increase in public transit TIGER grants

Only 3.6% of the TIGER grants that were recently announced went to public transit projects, representing a significant decrease in public transit TIGER grants.

Texas cities pilot low-income, ride subsidy program

This pilot programk, which launches April 2, will help provide low-income families and individuals with mobility solutions within Collin County. 

41 recipients, including MARTA, Chippewa County land TIGER grants

More than 64% of this round of TIGER funding was awarded to rural projects, a historic number that demonstrates this Administration’s commitment to supporting the country’s rural communities.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close