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Judge: Appeal of streetcar decision would cost $3.8M

VIA Metropolitan Transit officials on Tuesday were declaring victory after a judge in Austin ruled that any appeal of a decision to use bonds to build a new multi-model station must pay nearly $4 million.
VIA Metropolitan Transit officials on Tuesday were declaring victory after a judge in Austin ruled that any appeal of a decision to use bonds to build a new multi-model station must pay nearly $4 million.

VIA Metropolitan Transit officials on Tuesday were declaring victory after a judge in Austin ruled that any appeal of a decision to use bonds to build a new multi-model station must pay nearly $4 million.

Earlier this year, League of United Latin American Citizens leader George Alejos appealed a ruling that said VIA was entitled to use bonds backed by the advanced transportation district to build several facilities.

Alejos claims VIA broke its promise to voters about what the money was used for.

A judge ruled that Alejos must pay $3.8 million for that appeal, but an appeals court threw that ruling out and called for a new bond hearing.

The result of that hearing is any appeals of the case will cost $3.8 million.

VIA officials said they hope anyone planning to take legal action will end up passing costs in delays to the taxpayers and transit riders.

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