It seems that every time we hear good news about the streetcar project moving forward, they have to throw out one more possibility for losing the whole deal.
The city council financial committee met yesterday to vote on moving forward with the streetcar proposal.
The good news:
-$800,000 was approved to begin studies required for gaining federal approval for funds for the uptown link
The bad news:
-Councilman Chris Monzel proposed a referendum be used to "be sure residents had a chance to weigh in"
In my opinion a referendum of any sort, binding or non-binding, would create another opportunity for delaying the start time so long that the whole project would be in danger of losing supporters and never happening. If they do approve a referendum be added it will be absolutely essential that supporters rally together in great numbers to make sure they get a majority vote over the opponents. This could get interesting. Lets continue to hope that the city council makes a wise decision that would be beneficial for OTR (pass the streetcars!!!) and not one that would keep all the suburbanites in West Chester happy.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008