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Group will discuss Omaha streetcar

Posted at 6:18 AM, Jan 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-18 07:18:55-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Talks of a long-time debated issue will take center stage at a meeting tonight.

The group Modern Streetcar Advocates will host a presentation titled, "Why Omaha Needs a Street Car," starting at 5:15 p.m. at Commerce Village.

The latest proposal shows the streetcar would run from TD Ameritrade Park through the Old Market, Midtown Crossing and the Black Stone District before stopping at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, based on renderings.

Proponents believe the concept would make the city more alluring, especially with attracting young professionals.

"As we look to revitalize more of our urban core the topic of transit continually comes up," said Jay Lund with GreenSlate Development, "It's something we hear people want and talk about all the time" he told 3 News Now in November. 

Lund is expected to deliver the presentation.

However, critics often pushback by saying the city could spend the money on infrastructure improvements like streets.

The construction project price tag runs close to $150  million dollars with annual operating expenses estimated at $7 million.

To learn more about the meeting, click here.