After the fall of the 2000 San Antonio light rail vote, I didn't think that I would ever see this again. Unlike Austin which was close, the San Antonio vote was kind of a blowout for the opposition. But with gas prices up, advocates are seeing a chance to build transit networks again. However, this seems to be a play out of the Austin playbook. Commuter rail first.
There's a bit of a problem though, If Austin's commuter line skirts downtown and comes in on the edge, this line doesn't even come into San Antonio's downtown. If this is what is envisioned, it would be a horrible idea. I've said this before and I'll say it again, just because there are tracks, doesn't mean passenger rail should be on them. I wish we would stop being cheap about infrastructure. Go where the people want to go. Below the newspaper cutout, is a map of the rail line and the main part of the Riverwalk downtown. You can see how far and how many obstacles separate the line from the people.