If you take Sun Metro from the Glory Road Transfer Center to the Downtown Transfer Center, the bus leaves every 15 minutes, and the ride takes 9 minutes. The whole ride is about a mile and a half, and it costs $1.50.
The streetcar takes at least 20 minutes (at least), and it runs sporadically. And it also costs $1.50.
Frankly, for $1.50, I’ll walk a mile and half.
If you’re looking for transportation, the streetcar doesn’t make any sense. Take a bus. Walk. A mile and a half is no hill for a climber.
The only reason you might want to take the streetcar is entertainment. My kids love it. We live three blocks from a streetcar stop, and ride the whole route maybe once a month.
But the streetcar isn’t as exciting as a roller coaster. The streetcar isn’t even as entertaining as the slices of humanity you can witness on the bus. In short, the streetcar makes no sense either as transportation or entertainment.
Of course it’s never going to pay for itself, or come even close.
Remember, the Wyler Aerial Tramway was a lot cooler than the streetcars, and it only operated on weekends, and still had to shut down because it couldn’t make money to pay for its own maintenance.
And the streetcars are headed in the same direction. Soon we’ll start running them only for special events. Like the Scorpions at the Don Haskins Center. High school graduations. Booze cruises. Pretending that they’ll work for regular transportation is delusional.
The City of El Paso is poorly managed, and if you expect anything better from the people running the city, you will be disappointed.