Policy: Budgets & Deficits

State panel OKs $97M for El Paso trolley service

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Transportation,Texas,Budgets and Deficits

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Work could begin in August to reintroduce a trolley service to El Paso after the Texas Transportation Committee approved $97 million for the project.

Some of the trolley cars that carried passengers downtown from 1950 to 1974 will be refurbished for the project, which is expected to last three years.

The El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/TDLfnl ) plans call for the trolleys to make 27 stops along a route that will include the University of Texas at El Paso and the international border.

The committee OK'd the funding Thursday as part of a broader $2.2 billion package of transportation projects statewide.

Commission Chairman Ted Houghton says approval of mass-transit projects in El Paso and elsewhere is a recognition that road construction alone won't meet the needs of the state's booming population.

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