Judge backs VIA in streetcar fight with AG

Judge backs VIA in streetcar fight with AG

Photo: Jerry Lara, San Antonio Express-News

Vianna Davila

AUSTIN — VIA Metropolitan Transit celebrated a victory over Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Thursday after receiving the go-ahead from a Travis County judge to issue bonds for transit projects the state had argued were linked to VIA’s streetcar project.

Abbott’s office had tried to make the case VIA could not spend the bond proceeds on the projects because they were too closely connected to streetcar. The argument was partially based on the state’s assertion that streetcar is equivalent to light rail, and the money VIA wanted to spend can’t be used for light rail.

But Travis County District Court Judge Stephen Yelenosky disagreed with the state’s case and authorized VIA to move ahead with the bond sale.

VIA has said that ultimately, it’s bus riders who will benefit from Thursday’s ruling because the bond proceeds will fund… Continued here: http://m.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Judge-backs-VIA-in-streetcar-fight-with-AG-5168198.php

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