El Paso City Council endorses trolley route

June 6, 2012 4:06:59 AM PDT
Leaders of a West Texas city have endorsed a preliminary 5.2-mile trolley route including a university.

The El Paso City Council on Tuesday approved the map for the project that could cost up to $130 million.

Officials last month decided to spend $1.3 million for a preliminary study on building a trolley line to include the University of Texas at El Paso.

The El Paso Times reports establishment of a route allows city staff to continue studies and seek $90 million in state money.

Supporters say the trolley would promote economic development and increase transit ridership. Critics raised funding questions, with costs estimated between $20 million and $25 million per mile.

City Rep. Carl Robinson, who voted against the plan, says any rail project should cover the entire city.

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