A Blow To Downtown Streetcar Plans

By Bill O'Neil  

No vote needed this time around--but that doesn't mean downtown streetcar opponents don't want to cast ballots in November. 

"We heard loud and clear from the citizens on this matter" said San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, emerging from an executive session of City Council to announce she is asking councilmembers to pull the city's financial support for the project. 

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has also backed away.  

"While Bexar County does not have a direct financial investment in the current plan, I will be asking our county representatives on the VIA Board to withdraw the streetcar plan" Wolff said, admitting some disappointment.

While Mayor Taylor said the same ordinance pulling the city's financial backing from the current plan will also include a requirement for avote on future rail projects, the organizers of the petition drive to change the City Charter to allow for a vote are still hoping for their chance to cast ballots in November.  

"We would have been very disappointed if they had not heard the voices of the people" said downtown streetcar opponent Jeff Judson, who sees something oa mixed bag in the latest developments. 
Council is set to review the petition drive, which organizers said includes some 27-thousand signatures--at a meeting set for August 6th.  


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