El Paso Streetcar proposals & construction
Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:36 AM
The El Paso, Tex. City Council has voted to pay for streetcar design through a $68 million bond package, contingent on the lack of funding expected from the Texas Department of Transportation.
The use of former PCCs, some of which are languishing in a desert adjacent to El Paso, TX airport, would be a boon to the city. The cost to restore and modernize (i.e. air conditioning)would be far less than buying new, and the streetcars would give the city an historic cachet similar to San Francisco, New Orleans, and Memphis.
I'll be interested to see what trip generation points route designers have designated on the proposed line.
P. S.: I wonder if the El Reno, OK trolley is back in service, if it survived the recent devastating tornado.
Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:15 AM
El Paso, TX — Waiting for $90 millon from State
El Paso in west Texas is designing its heritage streetcar line based on an informal promise of $90 million in state funds, KVIA television reports. The City Council-approved plan is to rebuild the ex-El Paso City Lines PCCs, bought secondhand from San Diego, for heritage service.
Based on the informal commitment of $90 million, the city council allocated $5 million for planning, and $4.4 million of that has already been spent so that construction can start once the state money arrives. City officials said Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Ted Houghton committed $90 million for the trolleys once the city performed a preliminary study and applied for the money.
Houghton, who is from El Paso, has since stated that the Commission is still evaluating the streetcar line's design, including whether bridges along the route can accommodate the streetcars. Once the design has been approved by engineers, then Houghton could work to obtain the funds from a transportation allocation made by the legislature.
The project to restore stored El Paso PCC cars remains broadly supported by area leaders, but is subject to debate about whether it will become a reality.
Posted 13 January 2014 - 12:31 PM
El Paso's streetcars
Some of El Paso's historic streetcars, saved in 1985, are now rusting in the desert at the El Paso International Airport.
Registration required to read full text. Sorry, I am unable to locate other sources for this December 4, 2013 article.
This is good news, however. I understand Brookville Equipment Corporation will likely be the contractor for PCC restoration.
Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:31 AM
El Paso streetcar plan gets state funding
City officials hope to begin construction of the 5.2-mile El Paso Trolley in August, according to local media. Current plans call for the line to run north from the bottom of Stanton Street near the Downtown area to the University of Texas at El Paso, loop the campus, and run back south on Oregon Street.
Posted 30 June 2015 - 11:39 AM
Streetcar project moving forward
If all goes according to plan, construction could begin on the $97-million project to restore streetcar service to Downtown El Paso by the end of the year, according to transportation officials.
Well it's about time!
Posted 10 September 2015 - 06:30 AM
El Paso streetcar nearing construction, vehicle rebuilding start-up
Transportation officials in El Paso, Tex., are finalizing agreements with two firms to build a $97 million, 4.8-mile streetcar line approved by City Council in 2014. The state-funded project involves refurbishing and placing back into service historic El Paso City Lines PCC cars that operated until the 1970s.
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