EL PASO, Texas -
The El Paso city council and Sun Metro officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning into the afternoon to commemorate the start of construction on the ALameda Brio Corridor project.
"If we are going to draw our city forward we need great transportation and this is the next step forward in great transportation", said Mayor Oscar Leeser.
The 38.3 million dollar project will connect downtown El Paso to the Lower Valley with 29 stations.
"Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to ride this line on a monthly basis so we feel this will be one of the most utilized lines in the city", added Mayor Leeser.
Sun Metro will have newer and more advanced buses driving the route. Each bus can hold around 60 people and more with standing room. The buses will have WIFI and televisions among other features. Also Sun Metro says the buses will make fewer stops making a faster trip for the rider. The city says there could be a positive impact on economic development across the city.
"It will connect the whole city", said Mayor Leeser.
News Channel 9 got to ride along part of the 14.5 mile route, the city hopes that this route will help bring the city closer together.
"We just keep going from one area to the other but it's one city and that what this does it continues to connect the city as one", said Mayor Leeser.