Developers Considering 'Suspended Light Rail' in Downtown Lubbock

Published 03/18 2014 06:26PM

Updated 03/18 2014 10:57PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- Plans are being put together for the possibility of a suspended light rail system in downtown Lubbock.

Marc McDougal said this is something he's been working on for about a year, and now the next step is to put together a packet and head to Washington D.C. to try to get some funding for the project.

The idea is a four mile loop that goes from downtown Lubbock, down Broadway to Texas Tech, then up north near the Civic Center, and back around toward the Lubbock County Courthouse. There is also an idea to have part run down to the Depot District, and another part that reaches out to the medical district.

McDougal said a lot of this is for downtown revitalization, and trying to move more students downtown, therefore bringing more business downtown as well.

"What we can do to try to get students downtown, and kind of take advantage of what has happened in Overton, and jump Avenue Q and keep that momentum going that direction," McDougal said.

He said the Overton area is bringing in a lot of people looking to develop in Lubbock, and he thinks this could put Lubbock on the map for having something other cities don't have.

"We have a lot of developers coming here just to see the Overton project, because of just the size of it, and the success we've had down there, so I think downtown could be the same, and you know, you've got to do different things, to change downtown," McDougal said. "You can't keep doing the same thing expect different results, so this would certainly be something different, so it's certainly worth looking into."

So far, McDougal estimates this could cost about $126 million, and now they are looking for funding, but with this being in the very early stages of planning, no idea on when any of this will or even could begin coming into the downtown area.

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