VIA Metropolitan Transit

City Government
1:46 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Mayor Ivy Taylor Sees A Future Streetcar In San Antonio - With Public Approval

Mayor Ivy Taylor stands in front of her desk inside her new office at City Hall. In her first major move, she announced the city council will ask staff to draft an ordinance to remove the city's $32 million contribution to the streetcar project.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The city may be backing down from its streetcar support, but Mayor Ivy Taylor said she believes there could be room for discussion of a more comprehensive project that has public support.

During a one-on-one conversation with TPR Tuesday, she said politics notwithstanding, the community's voice is really what directed the council's decision on VIA's current proposed streetcar project.

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The Source - July 29th, 2014
10:31 am
Tue July 29, 2014

The Source: San Antonio Streetcar Is Dead...Or Is It?

After Mayor Ivy Taylor's surprise announcement yesterday that the city of San Antonio would be asking for the $32 million it gave to VIA Metro Transit for the modern streetcar, many questions about the future of streetcar and downtown development were left unanswered.

The decision comes after months of intense political and public pressure on the city to put the measure on the November ballot.

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City Government
11:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Streetcar Future Uncertain As City Takes Unexpected Turn

City council members are requesting an ordinance to withdraw the city's $32 million contribution to VIA's streetcar project. Image URL: http://bit.ly/1oBFHos
Credit Flickr user ericnvntr / cc

San Antonio's streetcar project hit a major hurdle Monday when city council asked city staff to draft an ordinance that would withdraw the city's $32 million contribution from the project.

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Government
12:05 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

City Of Castle Hills Eyes Removing VIA Service

Castle Hills City Hall
Joey Palacios TPR News

The city of Castle Hills is considering removing VIA and VIA Trans service from it’s city boundaries.

If the Castle Hills City Council approves it, the citizens of the small San Antonio suburb will be able to vote on whether or not to remove VIA from the city. Acting Castle Hills Mayor Timothy Howell, who was placed into the position last week, said he’s not taking a side on the issue yet.

“I think it’s very important that we allow the citizens to decide what they want to do moving forward,” Howell said.

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The Source: July 7, 2014
12:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Source: The Economic Impact Of Streetcar

Seattle Streetcar
Credit Flickr user ericnvntr / cc

A new economic impact study has tried to put a tangible number on the intangibles of the benefits from investing in streetcars.

$1.3 billion over 25 years is the expected benefit to the city for the $280 million investment.

The study, conducted by The SABÉR Research Institute, says the 5.9 mile streetcar route will spur development and the ascent of property values. 

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VIA Street Car
10:26 am
Tue July 1, 2014

VIA Releases Economic Impact Study For Streetcar

The many proposed routes for streetcar pictured have been narrowed to just one in the Broadway corridor.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Metropolitan Transit has released a commissioned study showing a $1.3 billion economic impact along the routes of its proposed streetcar system. Those opposed to the street car system say the transit authority is paying for exactly what they want to hear.

The economic impact study commissioned by the SABÉR Institute at St. Mary’s University and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce predicts a multi-billion dollar return on investment over 25 years through VIA’s initial $280 million.

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The Source - June 11, 2014
11:25 am
Wed June 11, 2014

The Source: Streetcar Opposition Continues

The many proposed routes for streetcar pictured have been narrowed to just one in the Broadway corridor.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

Mounting pressure on the city of San Antonio and VIA Metropolitan Transit to stop their construction of a streetcar system has grown.

In the last few months, the political landscape has changed surrounding the project: San Antonio notables like Red McCombs and state Rep. Lyle Larson have come out against the plan, Mayor Julián Castro is soon to depart to lead the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development, and opponents say they will be able to get a charter amendment requiring a public vote added to the ballot in November.

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Transportation
10:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

New VIA Board Appointees Sound Off On Streetcar Project

VIA Metropolitan Transit

Bexar County commissioners have appointed Rebecca Q. Cedillo and Bobby Perez to the county seats on the 11-member VIA Board.

Cedillo is the former chief of water resources for SAWS and a former city planner. She said the issues important to her include ensuring adequate infrastructure to keep up with growth in the outlying areas of the county.

Cedillo said the proposed streetcar is a city issue, not a county issue, but she supports it.

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Transportation
1:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

VIA Seeking Streetcar Funding From Federal Transit Administration

VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Transit is preparing grants to secure federal funding for its proposed streetcar project. Now that the Federal Transit Administration has given its stamp of approval to the streetcar plan, several federal funding sources have become available to help it along.

After hundreds of committee meetings, four public meetings, and an array of route configurations, VIA finalized its streetcar plan, allowing it to move forward with requests for grant applications.

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Community
4:42 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Groups Protest Streetcar As VIA Moves Forward On Evaluating Chosen Route

Protesters use the Bexar County Courthouse as a backdrop to speak out against the proposed downtown streetcar system.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A grassroots coalition of protestors gathered in front of the Bexar County Courthouse Tuesday to voice opposition to VIA’s proposed downtown streetcar system.

Members of LULAC, the Tea Party and other organizations joined with numerous political candidates to protest the county’s pursuit of the downtown streetcar system after they said the voters have spoken against it. Light rail has been voted down here, but the streetcar has not been put to a vote.

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