Photo courtesy Los Angeles Street Car, Inc.
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Street Car, Inc.

A call for feedback on a 3.8-mile downtown streetcar project drew two dozen responses, indicating “strong private sector interest” in the plan, a Los Angeles city councilman said Wednesday.

Councilman Jose Huizar, who is pushing for the project, said the city sent out requests in September to transportation development companies to offer suggestions.

The feedback, which came from companies such as Veolia, Siemens, Bank of Montreal and Jacobs Engineering, will be used in an official request asking companies to apply as partners in the project.

“We knew there were possibilities in developing a public-private partnership for the L.A. Streetcar project, but two dozen firms responding at this early stage shows undeniably strong private sector interest in helping the city of Los Angeles achieve this regionally significant transportation project,” Huizar said. ‘

‘This overwhelming private-sector response tells us voters who supported the streetcar were right — the Los Angeles Streetcar will be a game changer for downtown and the entire region.”

The proposed streetcar route would travel through First Street, Broadway, 11th Street, Figueroa Street, Seventh or Ninth street, Hill Street and potentially Grand Avenue.

City News Service

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