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Sep 17, 2013 9:07 AM

San Antonio Lawmaker Opposes $280M Streetcar Plan

SAN ANTONIO - A South Texas legislator says a planned $280 million streetcar system for San Antonio should be dropped amid funding issues.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday that Rep. Lyle Larson of San Antonio raised objections in a letter to VIA Metropolitan Transit. Larson responded after planners and consultant last week recommended the plan proceed.

The transit group 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.

VIA trustee Gerald Lee says he "respectfully" disagrees with Larson.

A public meeting on the proposal has been scheduled for Wednesday night. Trustees are expected to vote on the measure Sept. 24.

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