As you know, so many people are really excited about the trollies coming back to El Paso.
Not really, most people are just annoyed at all the construction that is bogging the downtown area.
I'm trying really hard to care about this project, and I want to think its gonna be a great thing for El Paso, but the more I think about it, the more it annoys me.
Its an incredibly expensive project that will transport relatively few people. Its another hipster feel-good project, but when you look at who really uses public transit on a regular basis you'd understand why I'm annoyed.
There is no practical reason that the BRIO was done on the westside before other parts of town but we all know why it was done first.
Alameda should've been the priority because the valley has more public transit users than other part of town, but this town routinely ignores this part of town.
And so why many of you may genuinely be excited about the trolly, I get annoyed because I go down Alameda every day and there are very few bus stops with shade.
I see the riders, mostly women - seniors or moms with small children, having to face the heat without shade and I think about the obscene amount of money spent on the frivolity of the trolly that only goes from UTEP to the border. Think about how many shaded bus stops that money would buy.
But those moms and little old ladies aren't as cool as hipsters right?