Will Riverside someday build a streetcar line?
As a Magic 8 Ball might answer: “Cannot predict now.”
The project — pitched by Mayor Rusty Bailey during his 2012 campaign — might someday go forward, city officials say, but it depends on several things, including uncertain federal funding and a better forecast of potential ridership.
Either way, the idea appears stalled for the near future.
A grant-funded study of a possible streetcar began more than two years ago, a volunteer ad hoc committee on the project last met in 2016 and a draft report created a year ago was never finalized or made public.
But despite a number of setbacks, Bailey said Thursday, Aug. 3, that the proposal is dormant rather than dead.
“It’s on pause,” he said. “It’s a question of timing, it’s a question of funding and a question of ridership.”