Colin Groth, President of the board stated, “We saw the pause of the streetcar project as an opportunity to build consensus from public and private partners on a solution-oriented approach to this critical issue. While the past few weeks have been long and difficult, we hope that we can now move on to getting the streetcar up the hill to Clifton, and focusing on the other major issues that face our great city.”
Groth went on to say, “we believe the conversations that developed during this pause between the public sector and the private and philanthropic community is the start of new relationships that will lead better, solution-driven processes at City Hall. We hope that Council will now shift their attention to the many other issues and will begin a conversation about a regional transportation system that serves the needs of our entire community”.
We need to harness the energy of the supporters of this project and carry it forward to ensure that the operating and maintenance plan does not hurt the city’s bottom line, that sustainable funding mechanisms are developed and implemented, and that the streetcar is ultimately enormous success that enhances the city and its budget.