El Paso, TX — Streetcar Funding Approved
On May 15, 2012 the El Paso City Council voted by a 6 to 2 margin to provide $1.25 million for preliminary engineering and an environmental study for a planned two-mile streetcar line. By appropriating these funds, the council met conditions for release of $90 million in state funds for the project.
According to KVIA televison, the line would connect downtown with the Mexican border and the University of Texas at El Paso. It would be routed by either Oregon or Stanton Streets from the bridge to the Glory Road transit terminal near UTEP.
URS Corporation of Nevada has been awarded the study contract and should have it finished by September. The Texas Department of Transportation will pay 95 percent of the project cost, but the City will have to appropriate another $3 million to finish the design.