EPA Smart Growth Award (November 2011)Connecting El Paso, a TOD and redevelopment plan for several BRT stations and corridors, and a former smelter site, has won USEPA’s 2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for Programs, Policies, and Regulations. Charlier Associates, Inc. was the transportation subconsultant for the project, led by Dover, Kohl & Partners. Connecting El Paso used an innovative charrette process to develop SmartCode-based TOD plans for three BRT stations and corridors as part of the City’s planned Rapid Transit System, a four-line citywide BRT system. The project also created a community vision for redeveloping the former ASARCO smelter site, strategically located close to downtown El Paso along its internal border with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Connecting El Paso, unanimously adopted the City Council in January 2011, is the foundation for Plan El Paso, a citywide Comprehensive Plan update for which Charlier Associates, Inc. is serving as the lead transportation subconsultant.
For More Information:
USEPA 2011 Smart Growth Awards: www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards/sg_awards_publication_2011.htm
Plan El Paso (and Connecting El Paso): www.planelpaso.org
Dover, Kohl & Partners: www.doverkohl.com