City Council votes 8-2 to pull VIA streetcar funding

$32 million redirected from streetcar to center city projects

By Diana Winters - Producer

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio City Council approved an ordinance Thursday authorizing the withdrawal of city participation in VIA's streetcar project.

Councilmembers voted 8-2 to pull the city's $32 million in funding for the project and redirect the funds to center city projects, to be announced at a later date.

The decision also called for a public vote on any future streetcar projects and created a charter amendment commission to vet several issues to allow the council to pass an amendment in the municipal election in May.

"I am eager to begin the process of developing a diverse Charter Review Commission that will vet potential City Charter amendments and gain much-needed community input," Mayor Ivy R. Taylor said.

Streetcar opponents have called for a vote on the streetcar charter amendment to take place in November. Councilman Mike Gallagher put that on the table, but the motion failed.

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