National Praise for El Paso Project (February 2011)
Charlier Associates, Inc. is a key part of a team led by Dover, Kohl & Partners (DKP) that recently completed Connecting El Paso for the west Texas city. The plan, unanimously adopted by the El Paso City Council on January 18th, 2011, is attracting national attention as a leading-edge smart growth TOD blueprint.
El Paso, the country’s 21st largest city, is aggressively implementing a four-line citywide Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system over the next five years, as well as studying a potential downtown streetcar line. Connecting El Paso builds on the city’s historic legacy of walkable streetcar neighborhoods with SmartCode-based TOD and redevelopment plans for three BRT transfer centers and the former ASARCO smelter, a downtown-adjacent industrial site that is the city’s largest remaining infill opportunity. Charlier Associates is providing multimodal transportation planning expertise to the DKP team on this project, which is feeding into a citywide Comprehensive Plan effort, currently underway.
Connecting El Paso was featured in Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Switchboard” blog, which was also linked to and featured by Planetizen and others, and was profiled by New Urban News last fall. The report, and more information about the entire Comprehensive Plan project, are located at http://planelpaso.org/.