Wyler Tramway Could Be Coming Back Soon But How Much Will It Cost?
The Wyler Aerial Tramway closed down unexpectedly in September of last year. At the time, we were told that there was no way to let the public back on the iconic tramway because it had not been kept in good condition and replacing parts on the aged tram would be impossible. The State of Texas, which owns the tram, also said they had no money for repairs or to replace the Wyler Aerial Tramway.
Now, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Texas Senator José Rodriguez a feasibility study will begin as soon as next month to look into how much it will cost to replace the tramway. The study will will cost about $100,000 and take up to a year to complete. Rodriguez says getting a new tramway built is one his top priorities.
A new aerial tramway could cost as much as $10 million, but the actual cost will not be known until the study is completed. Since the State says they don't have the money to rebuild the tram the El Paso Community Foundation says they are working on finalizing an agreement with TPWD to help raise money. Foundation officials say they are "committed long term to making this happen.” The Community Foundation has a history with the Wyler Aerial Tramway. They gifted it to the TPWD in 1997.
Rodriguez said he is very confident that a new tramway will eventually be up and running in El Paso.