El Paso On Fast Track to Transit

<p>Officials in El Paso, Texas have been working with state and federal officials on a plan to bring rapid transit to the city within three years.</p>
April 15, 2008, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"City officials have been meeting with federal, state and local transportation experts to begin the development of an El Paso rapid transit system that could be in place in three years."

"'We are working on a very aggressive timeline' said El Paso Mayor John Cook, who last week was in Washington, D.C., discussing the matter and other transportation issues with federal lawmakers. 'We want to develop a very distinctive system that will attract new riders and relieve our city's reliance on cars.'"

"The plans are in the 'very early' stages, but city officials said they are looking at cities such as Los Angeles, Mexico City and Bogota, Colombia, to develop a rail-less system that is cheaper to create but still attractive and reliable to all types of commuters."

"West-Central city Rep. Susie Byrd, who has spearheaded an effort to create a specific type of rapid transit system in El Paso, said she wants to create a system of lanes and platforms that connect the city to Downtown."

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Published on Monday, April 14, 2008 in El Paso Times
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