|CCRMA Artist's Conception of West Rail Toll Road|
|Old Union Pacific Easement after Track Removal|
The Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority have long proposed a road along this easement, initially a toll road running from the B&M Bridge connecting to I-69 near the old Hwy 77 Flea Market, but now are considering a 4 lane "Palm Boulevard style" promenade with a protected hike & bike trail.
The toll road idea was a feeble-minded concept on at least two levels. No one in West Brownsville will "pay" to travel to the flea market when they can get there for free. They will do what 99% of the sober drivers do when they travel down FM 550, simply go around the toll road. Of course, truckers, wanting to make time, do utilize the up and down Eddie Lucio, Jr. Toll Road, as their boss pays the toll.
Another consideration that made the West Rail Toll Road a dumb idea is that the B&M Bridge is not rated for truck traffic, only pedestrian vehicles, thus it would have done nothing to divert or redirect truck traffic around the city.
|CCRMA West Rail Road AND Trail Concept|
|West Brownsville Resident Gene Novogrodsky,|
Opponent of West Rail Road
Nothing coming out of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority indicates they are abandoning the West Rail Road project. Recently $800,000 was approved for a feasibility study.