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Downtown Streetcar Gets a Million, Still Needs Many More

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Last Friday, the City Council approved $1 million in funding for the Downtown Streetcar effort--the money will help the project finish up its final environmental documents, start preliminary engineering, and put the streetcar in a position to apply for federal funding. Blogdowntown reports the Council passed the streetcar item without discussion, and will use Measure R funds for the money. A press release from Councilman Jose Huizar, a big backer of the 3.5-mile line from South Park to Bunker Hill, says the street "will run 7-days a week, about 18-hours a day." Aside from funding from the feds, Measure R, and the CRA (the latter being precarious), the streetcar hopes to entice shop owners along the route to OK a tax assessment that will help fund the line, a move that the Central City Association hasn't decided whether or not it likes or not. Backers are hoping that both private and public funds come through to pay for the $125 million project.
· $1 Million Approved for Streetcar [Blogdowntown]
· New Images of Downtown Streetcar Thrill and Delight [Curbed LA]