El Paso PCC car in 1969 / Photo Courtesy: transpressnz.blogspot.com
All lanes of Mesa Street are once again open to traffic at Baltimore Drive/Glory Road —earlier than expected, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.
Glory Road has also re-opened between Oregon Street and Mesa Street and Baltimore Drive has re-opened between Mesa Street and Stanton Street.
“Completion of rail work across Mesa Street is a huge milestone for the El Paso Streetcar Project,” said CRRMA Executive Director Raymond Telles. “In addition to making life easier for thousands of commuters, re-opening Mesa Street also signifies the completion of one of the last major pieces of rail work for this project.”
Rail work continues at locations on Oregon Street and Stanton Street in Downtown El Paso. Telles also invited members of the public to come “Make Your Mark” on the El Paso Streetcar Project later this week.
On Thursday, August 10, 2017, El Pasoans are invited to take a few moments out of their day to stop-in and sign what will be the very last piece of rail placed as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project. The CRRMA will have special markers and commemorative giveaways available in the 500 Block of North Stanton Street in Downtown El Paso between 10am and 1pm.
“In the coming weeks, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will weld that final piece of rail into place signifying the end of major construction work for this project,” Telles said. “However, that doesn’t mean the streetcars are ready to roll just yet — crews must continue work on the overhead system which will power the streetcars which are still being renovated in Brookville, Penn.
When those streetcars return later this year, we’ll begin a 6-12 month testing phase which must be completed before the City of El Paso is able to begin streetcar service.”