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September 25, 2013

San Antonio transit board approves streetcar plan

SAN ANTONIO — The clang-clang-clang of the trolley is in San Antonio's future.

San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority board voted without dissent Tuesday to proceed with a proposed $280 million streetcar system for the Alamo City. Six board members voted for the program, while three recused themselves from the vote and one board member was absent.

VIA plans to get a six-mile downtown streetcar system for its $280 million.

The transit agency has $210 million in place, using state and city money plus sales tax revenue for the nearly 6-mile line. Transit officials need at least another $70 million for the electric-powered system allowing streetcars to share the road with regular traffic.

 

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