I was speaking with a friend last night and the topic of the humpback bridges came up. The humpback bridges being the border crossings downtown. He thinks the bridges are cool looking, and I tend to have the opposite opinion. However, we got on the subject of trains/light rail. The question of “why don’t we have train service between Juarez and El Paso?”
Taking a page out of the European handbook, we decided that trains would be a great way to lessen pedestrian and car traffic coming across the border.
What you would have to do is create a large train station able to handle an undetermined amount of trains and have customs officers from both countries checking papers when going in or out of the country. From there, the rail service would travel to certain locations around town where riders could then get on a rapid transit bus to their desired location.
Think of all the cars that would be taken off the road and the streamlining that would take place at the crossings. I think the border crossings would become a lot more efficient. They could even contact siemens to do some of the work.
How do you finance this project:
- Taxes (from both cities)
- Federal grants (from both countries)
- Private investment (not sure how well that would work)
Europe has a great model to learn from and I think it’s about time that this should happen.
I know I am not the first to come up with this idea, as I am sure it is already in the process, but I wanted to share it with you to get your thoughts.
My name is David and I am living El Paso.