• September 26, 2021
 First of Six PCC Trolleys Headed Back to El Paso

First of Six PCC Trolleys Headed Back to El Paso

After being mothballed for more than four decades, undergoing two years of extensive renovation, and making a 3,600 mile round trip to the Keystone State, the very first of El Paso’s vintage streetcars is scheduled to be back in the Sun City next week, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Because of weather, traffic and other unpredictable variables outside of its control, a day-by-day itinerary for Car No. 1506’s travel is unavailable.

Once the streetcar arrives in El Paso, it will be unloaded and transported immediately into the Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) at 601 South Santa Fe Street for inspection by the CRRMA and Sun Metro.

Officials add that members of the public will not be able to access the streetcar upon its arrival. The CRRMA and the City of El Paso will soon announce public events to celebrate the streetcar’s homecoming.

Car No. 1506, part of the fleet of streetcars which ran in El Paso until 1974, is the first of six vintage Presidents Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars to be refurbished and modernized as part of the $97 million El Paso Streetcar Project

El Paso’s fleet of six historic PCC streetcars left El Paso on November 12 and December 10, 2015, bound for extensive renovation by Brookville Equipment Corporation in Brookville, Pa.

Each of the six streetcars will be painted in one of three vintage color schemes from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Car No. 1506 is painted in the red and green 1970s color pattern.

The return of the first streetcar will allow the CRRMA to begin a rigorous, months-long testing phase to ensure the system is safe before Sun Metro begins operating the service for the public. In the coming weeks, you’ll see streetcars running along the 4.8 mile route but you won’t be able to board. An exact date for the beginning of on-street testing has not been announced.

Below are some important tips to remember as we welcome the first streetcar back to El Paso:

  • Other than traveling on a fixed route, the streetcars will operate much like other vehicles. They will have a maximum speed of approximately 25 miles per hour, obeying all traffic laws and — in most cases — they will travel with other vehicles in a travel lane.
  • The Streetcar is powered by lines running above the street which carry 650 DC volts of electricity. Always consider every line to be fully energized. Never touch the wires or anything touching the wires.
  • Don’t ride your bike along the rails your tire can get stuck between the rail and the pavement. When you cross the rails, do so at a 90-degree angle.
  • Pedestrians should also use extra caution when crossing the rails or walking near the streetcar line.
  • For more information, call (844) 252-RAIL.

Click here to view bilingual safety videos produced by the CRRMA as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

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  • Streetcar number 1506 will be in Mint Condition when it comes back to El Paso, due to arrive next Monday March 19 2018. The last time I rode on an El Paso streetcar was back in the summer of 1963 and it was just a short ride in downtown El Paso. But before then back in the late 1950’s my grandmothers nanny use to take me to downtown to see the alligators and to run errands for my grama. And we use to ride on these electric street cars aka in Spanish as La Tranvia, as we would take the long journey from North Loop Road in Tigua to downtown El Paso. From a Lower Valley Bus Line we would arrive in downtown’s San Jacinto Plaza and first check out the live alligators then board the electric street cars on South El Paso Street.
    If you were a small kid back in the day, downtown El Paso felt like Manhattan in New York City! lots of traffic and businesses everywhere with tons of foot traffic.It would give me a headache with all the cities bustle and street noise and the electric sparks that would come from the electric lines when the streetcars would roll by. Actually I rode on electric streetcars when I lived in San Francisco many times before,it was on MUNI, San Francisco Municipal Railway.
    From my apartment on Dolores Street up to Market Street across from the San Francisco Mint I would board these streetcars for rides to downtown on Market and Powell. Or ride all the way to Fisherman Wharf via Pier 39 etc as I always hoped that El Paso would someday bring back our own streetcar into service. And with this being said, it’s like a dream come true.
    There are many people here in El Paso that are against these streetcars as they complain and whine just about anything and everything. Just like they are doing now about our downtown arena,or Southwest University Park Stadium,so much rotten negativity. And talking about arenas, in San Francisco they are building their arena called the Chase Center for the NBA Golden State Warriors. And nobody in San Francisco cries or complains,why only here in El Paso, San Franciscans never even heard of the word NAYSAYERS! PEOPLE THAT WANT TO RUIN IT for everyone else. It’s weird that we only have these NIMBY’S CAVE PEOPLE here in the Sun City!

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