Last year, the City Council approved the project's design phase, expecting $90 million in TexDOT funding, but TexDOT so far has not delivered the funds. The streetcar project would tap $5 million of the $68 million.
The Council's backup bond plan would be sold to investors next month. "That debt will continue and it will be financed now," Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, El Paso's CFO, told local media. "Now, we're basically issuing the debt associated with the project."
Plans call for restored Presidents' Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars, once a mainstay in El Paso (photo above). As well, El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, were linked by streetcar service until the early 1970s, with both cities hopeful of re-establishing some kind of cross-border rail link.