Wednesday, September 12, 2012

City Opts for Restored Streetcars

City Council has voted to restore El Paso's old streetcars instead of purchasing brand new replica streetcars for the upcoming trolley project that will run from Downtown to UTEP and back. The City also decided at the September 11, 2012 Council meeting to shorten the northern limit to Glory Road and nix the option to run the line further north to the Mesita Elementary School area.

Former El Paso streetcars that may be restored.
The City will use the savings from the shortened route to improve the pedestrian experience along the corridor and to help pay for the more expensive restored streetcars. The contract with URS Corporation was also expanded to include all engineering and design services needed for the project.

Proposed Streetcar Route
Read more about the use of restored streetcars at the Living El Paso blog here:
PCC Streetcars in El Paso…What are they like?

Previously:
Council Chooses Streetcar Route
Council to Choose Trolley Route
Trolley Project Could Get $90M in TxDOT Funds
Push for Trolley System Re-Emerges

2 comments:

  1. They are more expensive but becasue they are not the same thing. The PCC proposed for the project would essentially be a modern streetcars with a our vintage bodies, where the "new replica" would be a new fabricated body with refurbished 1940's running gear from Milan, Italy and a 1940's propulsion system. Not comparing apples to apples.

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