By KTSA News Staff
A Judge in Austin has cleared the way for VIA to sell bonds to help fund two downtown transit centers--which will ultimately be part of plans for a streetcar route.
The case was brought after Attorney General Greg Abbott objected to the plans for the centers--with some of the cash to come from transportation tax dollars--which officials had promised would not be used for light rail.
"This was never really related to streetcars--even though the Attorney General's Office alleged the monies were going to be used for streetcars. I think the Judge found in our favor that those monies are not be earmarked in any way for the streetcar project" VIA's Charlie Gonzalez told 550 KTSA News--pointing out the transit centers will also host buses.
Opponents of downtown streetcar efforts insist their fight isn't over.
"This is by no means the end of the road" said George Rodriguez with the South Texas Alliance for Progress. He told 550 KTSA News he finds the decision both confusing and frustrating--but the focus now moves to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
"Now what we need to do is defeat him--and have the VIA Board replaced" Rodriiguez said.