Streetcar Vote Coalition members celebrate city's decision

SAN ANTONIO – Opponents of VIA's failed modern streetcar project claimed victory Thursday after the city set a date for a charter amendment election.

Voters will head to the polls in May 2015 to decide whether a public vote will be required before any streetcar of light rail project can move forward.

The Streetcar Vote Coalition, which led the petition drive that derailed the project, wanted the election as early as November.

However, the group was still happy with the results.

"When all is said and done, we are on the May ballot, we have very strong language that we are very happy with. That protects not only the will of the people, but their intent as well," said Rich Whitehead, chairman of the Streetcar Vote Coalition.

Over the coming months, coalition members say they will work on an educational campaign to let voters know what is at stake in the election.