River Barge Changes Before Council

San Antonio’s City Council could approve the design and construction of the next river barge Thursday morning.

“We need to have a professional service contract to make sure that we have that in the water and get that started ASAP,” Councilman Roberto Trevino said.

The city’s plan could buy 44 new electric-battery powered barges, getting them in the water by September 2017.

Until then, the city could approve a contract extension with Rio San Antonio Cruises to operate the current fleet.

“We want to make sure that the timing of this barge, coming in in 2018, coincides nicely with the current operator,” he said.

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