How is San Antonio going to make room for one million more people? That was the question on the table at a panel discussion on “Moving People by Rail Within Cities” hosted by UTSA’s Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research.
Now that the dust has settled a bit on the streetcar debacle, I find myself still a bit mystified by how the project became derailed in seemingly such a short time frame.
Less than one week after Mayor Julián Castro resigned his office for a Cabinet post in Washington, newly elected Mayor Ivy Taylor emerged from an executive session of the City Council Monday to announce an effective end of City support for VIA Metropolitan Transit’s Modern Streetcar project.
Last Tuesday’s mayoral election may not have gone Councilman Ron Nirenberg’s way, but the District 8 representative has not wasted a moment dwelling on disappointment.
[Originally published on May 10, 2014.]
Reading Red McCombs’ recent negative streetcar commentary published in the Express-News and then the subsequent revelation that the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity group have entered the streetcar fray has prompted me to reiterate my support of the VIA streetcar project.
Before it’s too late and we become a sprawling city of expressway and downtown gridlock, San Antonio needs to embrace new and better ways of moving people in and out and through the city.
Am I the only person in the city who was surprised by the amount of political heat generated by VIA’s modern streetcar propsal?