Streetcar supporters meet to discuss proposal

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A group that supports the idea of a streetcar running from Downtown Omaha to the Blackstone District in Midtown held an informational meeting Tuesday.

The event was aimed at gauging interest and educating people on what the concept might look like. The meeting was held at Pella near 41st and Farnam. Everyone came in support of the streetcar but advocates hoping those people continue to do more research.

"I think it's just a huge risk. It's not worth it. Omaha is not progressive enough for something like this, and there's no backing out. We'll build this thing, spend a lot of money, if it doesn't take off,” said Edward Weniger.

"My response to that would be to go to the website, learn more about it. The whole point of our campaign is to get people to make informed opinions about the project. So, go to the website: ModernStreetcarAdvocates.org. Learn about the project and then make your opinion,” said Jay Lund with Modern Streetcar Advocates.

Tuesday’s event was put on by a new organization called Modern Streetcar Advocates. It’s made up of local businesses and individuals who support the idea of a streetcar.

A study done for the city last year estimated that it would cost $156 million to build a streetcar. Mayor Jean Stothert expects to receive the results of that study later this month or early next month.