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The Source: Streetcar Opposition Continues

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

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.

VIA, for its part, says the project is proceeding as expected, and little, if anything, can stop the project from coming to fruition.

Where are we with streetcars? Can a charter amendment do anything to stop the project?


  • Greg Jefferson, business editor at the San Antonio Express-News

*This is the first segment in the June 11 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. Audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive