DALLAS — A passenger rail line expected to begin in Juarez, Mexico, could cross the international boundary into El Paso, Tex., under a plan the sister cities are considering.

At a meeting of the El Paso City Council Tuesday, Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said the rail line on the Mexican side of the border is “a certainty,” with service expected by 2013 at the earliest. Creating a connecting line on the U.S. side could provide a viable mass transit solution for one of the busiest border crossings between the two countries, he said.

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