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Corpus Christi - July 2004
   

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Corpus Christi — Bucking the Politicians

Rail Transit Online, July 2004

Most local residents apparently favor building a proposed streetcar line along Shoreline Boulevard despite opposition by some city council members who have vowed to stop the project unless the route is shifted inland.  PB Consult, which is working on the streetcar for the Regional Transportation Authority, conducted an opinion poll of 635 Corpus Christi residents and found that 272 preferred the Shoreline Boulevard alignment, 252 wanted the tracks on Water and Chaparral streets while 111 thought a hybrid arrangement using Water Street and Shoreline Boulevard would be best.  All of the routes would be about two miles (3.2 km) long, starting north of the center and linking the site of a proposed baseball stadium with City Hall.  The trolleys would serve numerous tourist attractions including a museum, an expanded convention center, a new sport arena and the waterfront restaurant district.  The city council on May 11 passed a resolution in support of the streetcar line but with a proviso that that tracks not be placed along the bay front (see RTOL, June 2004).  PB Consult is still working on preliminary engineering and an Environmental Impact Report but company senior vice president Alan Wulkan says he does not expect to find any significant impact.  The RTA board of directors is scheduled to make a decision on the $35-million project in August.

 

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