Really expensive bus stops

December 18, 2018

Last week  city council will also considered awarding a contract to build 24 Brio stations on the Montana route for $19.6 million dollars.

That means that each station will cost $816,000.

With the median home price in El Paso at $126,000.

That means that each Brio stop is worth the same as 6 and 1/2 houses.

We deserve better


Brio stops in the middle of the block

December 17, 2018

Several of the recent comments on the blog have been about the incidence of jay walking on Mesa street.

Have you noticed that many if not most of the Brio stops are not located at street corners thus requiring riders to walk some distance before reaching an intersection where they can legally cross Mesa.?

Is this a contributor to the number of times people jay walk?

Why don’t the police ticket people who cross the street illegally?

We deserve better


Election results

December 16, 2018

What do you think about the election results?


Vote today

December 15, 2018

Here are the early voting statistics:

Have you noticed the lack of activity from the candidates?

The election is today (Saturday, December 15, 2018).

Please vote.

We deserve better


On pedestrian responsibility

December 14, 2018

A loyal reader sent this in:

On the night of a full moon this fall my wife was driving west on Robinson shortly after moonrise. She came around one of those blind bends in the road and almost ran over a photographer with a tripod in the middle of the road, obviously attempting to get a good photo of a gorgeous full moon. He was wearing all black – there was no warning that he was in the middle of the road.

One morning shortly afterwards I was standing at the traffic light at Mesa and Baltimore waiting for the ‘walk’ sign to light up – it was around 8 o’clock, in the heart of the morning rush. A gentleman with a cane left the Baltimore side of the intersection while the walk light was flashing red and counting down from 9. Naturally, he didn’t make it all the way across so he was stranded on the median. He waited until the crossing southbound traffic ebbed then continued to cross – against the light.

My mind flashed to the news of the Thanksgiving morning fatality on Mesa just a block south of there, and to the news of the recent conviction of the driver involved in the March 2017 death of a nurse at another nearby intersection.

There have been several pedestrian fatalities in the area and, except for the elderly couple hit in broad daylight while crossing Mesa near the Village Inn, they seem to have several things in common:

  • They were late at night or early in the morning,
  • The drivers involved some mixture of alcohol, speeding, and/or running red lights.
  • The victims had been drinking/partying/celebrating/socializing in the Kern Area.

Our natural reaction is to be outraged at the drunk driver. Obviously we should blame the driver. Let’s also blame the state – Mesa Street is a state highway, they ought to do something. Also, blame the city, the police department should have prevented it.

Where in this discussion does the issue of pedestrian responsibility play?

Many people have proposed solutions, including:

  • Narrow Mesa down to one lane each way (forget that it is one of only two alternatives to I-10 when it is congested by an accident).
  • Construct a pedestrian bridge (it would have to be ADA compliant and there is little space to work with, but be honest, people probably wouldn’t use it anyway).
  • Install speed bumps, or add automatic bollards that pop up when the light is red.
  • Increase police presence (and more importantly, increase enforcement).
  • Add more lighting.
  • Tunnel the road under the area or elevate the road over the area.
  • Close the bars.

I offer some things for pedestrians to think about:

  • Someone’s Grandma said, “Nothing good happens after midnight.”
  • Mesa Street is dangerous.
  • Dark clothes may be stylish, but they also make you hard to see at night.
  • You may be in the right, but you could be dead right.

It is not my intent to blame the victims of the Kern Area pedestrian accidents, or to minimize the recklessness and possible criminality of the drivers. The incidents were tragic; young lives were shortened and the survivors grieve.

Pedestrians in the Kern Area have to be aware that there is danger. If you are crossing Mesa Street on foot, you are playing Frogger and you are potential splatter. Even if you cross at a controlled intersection, with the pedestrian walk light in your favor, it is still dangerous. Watch the traffic, be prepared to evade it.

If pedestrians are not careful, IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN.

A few jobs

December 13, 2018

City council last week  consided giving $80,000 to a company that plans to operate in El Paso.  They have to employ at least 19 people and spend money training them on their systems.

Discussion and action that the City Manager be authorized to sign a Chapter 380 Economic Development Program Agreement by and between CITY OF EL PASO (“City”) and CURACUBBY, INC., (“Applicant”) for the establishment of the Applicant’s digital marketing and customer rewards company in El Paso, Texas. The project will include an investment of $276,000 in personal property and staff development and the activation of a minimum of 19 new full-time jobs all paying at, or above, the current Median County Wage. The City shall provide economic incentives in the form of a Skills Training Grant in an aggregate amount of $80,000.00 to be paid over four years.

Give us a break.

We deserve better


Streetcar ridership

December 12, 2018

Isn’t it a shame that their were no passengers on the streetcar that was recently involved in a traffic accident?

Of course we are thankful that no one got hurt.

Does anyone know what the ridership numbers are on the streetcars?

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