TX: Streetcar Opponent Drops His Appeal Against VIA

June 10--SAN ANTONIO -- Streetcar opponent George Alejos has said he will no longer pursue his appeal against VIA Metropolitan Transit because he can't afford to post a $3.85 million bond required to move forward with the case.

"I don't have the funds to do that, and if I did, I wouldn't even risk" it, Alejos said Monday.

Alejos filed an appeal against VIA in February, in response to the transit agency's legal victory in a Travis County District Court the previous month. VIA had sued the Texas Attorney General's Office in order to secure the right to issue debt to fund construction of several projects, including two downtown transit centers.

The attorney general's office and Alejos had focused on the downtown transit centers because they are supposed to eventually become hubs for both buses and VIA's planned streetcar line.

Alejos took his case to the state's Third Court of Appeals. Eventually, the three-judge appeals panel struck down his challenge of VIA because he had failed to pay the bond.

Alejos could have taken his appeal to the Texas Supreme Court but declined to do so and will instead focus on a petition drive to force the streetcar project be put to a vote.

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