Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott throws in the towel in the fight to stop VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority from selling bonds to build a couple of downtown transit stations that would eventually serve as hubs for streetcars.
He will not appeal a judge's ruling giving VIA the green light to move forward on those projects.
VIA's chief of public engagement, Charlie Gonzales, told 550 KTSA News that's welcome news. VIA had sued the attorney general when he refused to approve the bonds.
"From the very beginning, we had great faith in our lawyers because we had met all legal requirements for issuance of the bonds and we were very surprised when the attorney general did not issue a letter of approval," Gonzales said.
Abbott challenged the sale of bonds for the two downtown transit depots because they would be supported by Advanced Transportation District funds approved by voters, with the stipulation that the money would not be used for light rail.
Gonzales says he's grateful that no more money will be spent on a legal battle and VIA is anxious to move forward with the bond sale. However, there's a 20-day waiting period from the time the judge signed the agreement Tuesday to allow for any other party to intervene.
"All we're trying to do is improve the system for our bus riders," said Gonzales.