The authority says it has $210 million identified for use, including state and city money as well as sales tax revenue for the initial line. Still to be locked in is at least $70 million, with federal funding a possibility.
Last year a funding plan tapping Texas state dollars in a fiscal swap will free $92 million for San Antonio's proposed streetcar, being advanced by VIA.
The Texas Transportation Commission approved redirecting the state funding, previously set aside for a San Antonio-area road project, to the proposed streetcar. The move allows a reciprocal action by Bexar County, Tex., to target $92 million in Advanced Transportation District sales tax revenue for the road projects.
San Antonio, with a population of about 1.33 million, is the largest city in Texas without an urban rail transit system.