If you listen to Mike and Tricia Mornings, you know I love the El Paso streetcar. I think that it is a really great addition to the city even though Mike is a Grumpy Cat about it every time I bring it up. This weekend you can jump on the streetcar for a fun day of reading and riding for the whole family.

The El Paso Streetcar Read and Ride is happening this Saturday, August 14, at 10:00 in the morning. Pick up for riders will be at Cleveland Square Park right across the street from the Downtown El Paso ballpark. Kids ride for free and can listen to stories about dogs. Unfortunately you can't bring your actual doggo on the Streetcar Read and Ride because pets are not allowed on the streetcar as per federal regulations. If you have a service dogs they are allowed on streetcars. The streetcar is following COVID-19 protocols and you will be required to wear a mask during the Read and Ride and any other time that you ride the streetcar.

Patricia Martinez
Patricia Martinez

This is the kind of thing that the City should continue doing to get people used to riding the streetcar. It was never intended to be a commuter mode of transportation, although if I lived on the streetcar line and worked in downtown El Paso I wouldn't mess with the parking situation downtown and ride the streetcar at least a few times a week to save on gas, but I digress. The streetcar is a quality of life amenity that is tailor made for events like the Read and Ride.

Hopefully moving forward, other events on the streetcar line can be arranged. Pub crawls, history rides, and even something fun like sing-a-longs during Christmas are all things that the City could and should be doing to make use of the amazing vintage streetcars that we are so lucky to have in our city. Even if Mike doesn't buy into it.

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