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COTA willing to run streetcars, sees benefits

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The Dispatch wrote COTA willing to run streetcars, sees benefits

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

BY TIM DOULIN

COTA is willing to operate and maintain the streetcar system if it is built, said William Lhota, COTA’s president and chief executive. COTA has talked with the city, he said. “I think it is a positive because it further ensures it will be seamlessly integrated into the COTA system,” Lhota said.

COTA is a “strong possibility” to operate the streetcar system, “but we haven’t made a decision yet,” said Antone White, a spokesman for Mayor Michael B. Coleman. For one thing, the City Council must decide whether to give the go-ahead for the streetcar line. That decision is expected this year.

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