Architect discusses benefits of a mass transit system for the Valley Jan. 26
Posted: 01/11/2010
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The University of Texas-Pan American will host Sam Garcia, a young McAllen architect with an innovative plan for a rail mass transit system for the Rio Grande Valley, Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the Student Union Theater.

Garcia is a speaker in the UTPA Library's "Local Innovative Voices" series, and will offer a different perspective on the Rio Grande Valley - showing how historic, economic and social factors create a fertile environment for rail mass transit to emerge.

The first leg of a Valleywide system is a proposed 12-mile run that connects downtown McAllen to downtown Edinburg. The "Red Line" would start at McAllen's Miller International Airport, continue north through McAllen's Central Business District, run along Bicentennial Blvd. with stops at half-mile intervals, and finally extend into Edinburg, reaching the Hidalgo County Courthouse complex and UTPA.

Garcia, a McAllen native, said the idea originated while he was a student-intern at an urban planning firm in San Francisco, prior to graduating from The University of Texas at Austin. He has lived and travelled through various parts of the world, studying mass transit and the urban form that it supports.

The event is free and is open to the public, but seating will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Virginia Haynie Gause, UTPA media and marketing librarian, at 956/381-2303 or