Feds Tour EP Mass Transit in Advance of Expansion

Feds Tour EP Mass Transit in Advance of Expansion

POSTED: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 11:21am

UPDATED: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 3:21pm

EL PASO - Federal Transit Administration Administrator Peter Rogoff toured El Paso Mass Transit Department’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit System corridors today to learn how El Paso plans to help meet President Obama’s promise to strengthen our transportation networks for the 21st century.

Sun Metro hosted a bus tour with Peter Rogoff and city leaders of the proposed Mesa Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor.

Earlier this month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced funding recommendations for 10 new capital transit construction projects around the country as part of President Obama's FY12 budget request.

Included in the President’s budget request is a federal investment of $13.5 million for the Mesa Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor project under the New Starts program.

The total cost of the corridor is estimated to be about $27 million.

BRT is a high-quality transit service that offers similar benefits to light rail transit, such as improved speed and reliability, but at a much lower implementation cost.

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