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Trolley in Downtown El Paso 1970's / Courtesy: Pintrest
Trolley in Downtown El Paso 1970's / Courtesy: Pintrest

Streetcar Project construction to begin January 4th

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) announced today construction activities for the El Paso Streetcar Project (the Project) that will begin on January 4, 2016.

Paso del Norte Trackworks (PDNT), the CRRMA’s project contractor, will resume in the new year with work on Stanton St. between River Ave. and Arizona Ave.,  Kansas St. between E. Main St. and Texas St. and utility relocation work by both PDNT and El Paso Electric (EPE) on Father Rahm Ave. between Stanton St. and Kansas St.

2016 Work Schedule:

Street Closures on Stanton St. between River Ave. and Arizona Ave.

When: Monday, January 4, 2016 for approximately four (4) to (6) weeks.

Details: Paso Del Norte Trackworks (PDNT) will resume work activities for the El Paso Street Car project.

Street Closures on Kansas St. between E. Main St. and Texas St.

When: Monday January 4, 2016 for approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks.

Details: Paso Del Norte Trackworks (PDNT) will resume work activities for the El Paso Street Car project.

Street Closures on Father Rahm between Santa Fe. St. and Kansas St.

When: Monday January 4, 2016 for approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks.

Details: Paso Del Norte Trackworks (PDNT) will resume work activities for the El Paso Street Car project. PDNT will be working in the area in conjunction with El Paso Electric (EPE) who will be conducting utility work in preparation for the streetcar.

Utility Construction Activities: 

What: Street Closures on Father Rahm Ave. between Santa Fe St. and Kansas St.

When: Starting on Monday, January 4, 2016 for approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks.

Details: EPE will be replacing existing poles on Father Rahm with taller structures so that existing lines may be moved up to provide clearance for the planned Streetcar OCS poles and conductor. After new poles are installed, EPE will transfer the existing equipment onto the new poles.

EPE expects to complete the work within seven (7) weeks, and upon completion, the Joint Use Utilities (Telecoms), currently on the existing poles, will be notified so that they may also transfer their cables onto the taller structures. The existing poles will then be removed once all the utilities have moved their equipment off the poles.

The CRRMA is tasked with constructing the project, using $97 million in Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) funding and a design provided by The City of El Paso (City). Once operational, the City’s Mass Transit Department (Sun Metro) will operate and maintain the Streetcars and associated facilities.

The CRRMA will place track over a 4.8-mile route, adding 27 stops and a maintenance and storage facility. The route will be serviced by Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCCs) streetcar vehicles – the same vehicles that ran on El Paso streets until 1974.

The route runs in two loops, connecting the international bridges, retail areas, government buildings, convention center and downtown ballpark with the medical center, University of Texas at El Paso and several historic neighborhoods.

Author: Barracuda PR / CRRMA

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