June 29, 2017 – KVIA.com –
A recent study by the Chicago-Based nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology looks at the feasibility of such a project. It projects the cost of commuter rail connecting El Paso to Las Cruces at $120 to $430 million.
But the big question is would people in the Borderland use it?
“Between the two counties, there is more than enough of an economic social base to support commuter rail,” said David Chandler, business analyst with the Center for Neighborhood Technology, who thinks the study proves it’s time to start talking about commuter rail between the two cities, like the New Mexico RailRunner that runs from Belen to Santa Fe. “The benefits of transit oriented development are multiple. It’s a job creator, it’s property value builder and it’s an air quality improvement factor.”