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Preferred Streetcar Route Unveiled

by Elizabeth Ruiz

After months of debate, Via Metropolitan Transit planners have unveiled the preferred streetcar route and it's nearly six miles long, starting on Broadway at Cunningham in the North and going South using St. Mary's and Navarro Streets into Southtown. 

It goes East and West on  Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Martin Street.  

"Now we have a route that addresses the concerns that were expressed to us by individuals and organizations in the past few months," said Charlie Gonzalez, Via's chief of public engagement. 

The Via board is scheduled to vote on the proposed route September 24.

"Prior to that, we'll have a workshop for all of the board members, as well as a public meeting and open house on September 18," said Gonzalez.

Estimated cost of the streetcar project  is $280 million.

"It would alleviate about 60 percent of the bus traffic in the central core of our city, but this is a different mode of transportation.  It's not just modern or convenient, it runs on a more regular schedule at 5 to 10-minute intervals," Gonzalez told 550 KTSA News.

Gonzalez predicts the streetcar project will spur economic growth and investment.

"It will promote  more residential development and more office space in the downtown area," said Gonzalez.

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