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Institute for Healthy Living at UTEP Recruiting Participants for Brio Study

The Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living (IHL) at The University of Texas at El Paso is recruiting 1,250 people for a study on the impact public transportation has on the health and mobility of El Pasoans.

The five-year study, called “Fighting Obesity by Reinventing Public Transportation: A Natural Experiment,” is led by Texas A&M University and is being carried out in collaboration with Leah Whigham, Ph.D., IHL executive director, and Jay Banasiak, director of Sun Metro, El Paso’s public transportation service.

The IHL at UTEP, which is primarily funded by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, works with community partners to develop collaborative and sustainable solutions that promote healthy eating and active living in our region.

Researchers will compare physical activity levels of residents who live within a half-mile radius of the new Alameda and Dyer Brio Rapid Transit System lines before and after the stations are operational at the end of 2018. Residents of other selected neighborhoods in El Paso also are invited to join the study.

They will serve as comparison participants. Participants must be 20 years old or older and not be full-time students.

Individuals interested in participating are invited to take an online survey at m.ActiveElPaso.org. Eligible participants will receive a $10 gift card for completing the 30-minute survey.

Those who complete the survey may also join a one-week assessment and receive a $50 gift card. It will involve wearing two small devices and keeping a daily travel log for seven days. The data from this assessment will help researchers determine if bus rapid transit systems such as Brio promote physical and social activity.

The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and Texas A&M University. It is co-led by Texas A&M faculty members Chanam Lee, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning; Wei Li, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning; and Marcia Ory, Ph.D., in the Center on Population Health and Aging.

For questions or to request a paper copy of the survey, visit them online, email ActiveElPasoStudy@gmail.com, or call 915-257-5865.

For information about the IHL, visit their website.

Sun Metro Provides Update on Alameda, Dyer Brio Construction

Construction of the Sun Metro Brio Rapid Transit System continues to move forward along the Alameda and Dyer corridors.

The Brio service will offer El Pasoans a high-quality RTS. The service will improve speed and reliability that much larger cities provide through light rail transit systems. Brio has the added advantage of lower implementation cost. Station amenities will feature:

  • Bus shelters (providing wind and sun protection)
  • Installation of a raised platform (providing near-level boarding)
  • Pre-paid automatic ticket vending
  • Benches, leaning rails, bike racks and trash cans
  • Sidewalk improvements to ADA compliance
  • Landscaping and pedestrian lighting

The new service will have various amenities to include: uniquely branded 60-foot articulated buses; a frequency of 10 minutes (peak service) to 15 minutes (off-peak service); have less frequent stops; branded and landscaped stations with improved pedestrian amenities and signal prioritization (lengthen green traffic signals).

Sun Metro’s Alameda Brio service will connect Mission Valley to Central and Downtown El Paso. This $35.5 million dollar project will be approximately 14.5 miles in length.

Sun Metro’s Brio Dyer will connect the future Northgate Transfer Center to the Downtown Transfer Center. This $35.9 million dollar project will be approximately 11.4 miles in length.

Although construction is on-going and closed for passengers, these areas are still open to pedestrian traffic. Sun Metro asks that necessary precautions are taken when walking through the impacted areas.

ALAMEDA BRIO CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS

  • Construction continues at the following locations:

o   4700 Alameda Avenue near Val Verde Street (outbound) next to Jefferson High School

o   8600 Alameda Avenue near Davis Drive (outbound) next to Ysleta High School

o   1918 Texas Avenue near Laurel Street (outbound) next to El Paso Leadership Academy

o   Alameda Avenue near Vocational Drive (outbound)

o   Alameda Avenue near Copia (inbound)

o   Alameda Avenue and George Orr (outbound)

o   Alameda Avenue near Raynor (outbound)

o   Alameda Avenue near Pendell (inbound)

o   Alameda Avenue near East San Antonio Avenue (outbound)

o   Texas Avenue near Ange Street (outbound)

o   Texas Avenue near Eucalyptus (inbound)

o   Magoffin Avenue near East San Antonio Avenue (outbound)

  • Construction of a new bus station is scheduled for Monday, July 10, 2017. This station will have pre-construction activity to include traffic control and concrete barriers beginning Sunday, July 9, 2017:

o   Alameda Avenue near Pendell Road (outbound)  

ALAMEDA BRIO SERVICE IMPACTS

  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue near Pendell Road (outbound) will be temporarily out of service affecting routes 61,65, and 66. The existing bus stops at Alameda Avenue near Maryland Street and Alameda Avenue near Cargill Street will be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue near Hadlock Street close to Jefferson High School continues to be out of service. A temporary bus stop on Alameda Avenue between Boll Place and Fullan Street by Jefferson High School’s parking lot continues to be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue near Davis Drive (outbound) close to Ysleta High School continues to be out of service. A temporary bus stop on Alameda Avenue in front of Ysleta High School continues to be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Texas Avenue near Laurel Street next to the El Paso Leadership Academy continues to be out of service. A temporary bus stop on Texas Avenue between Williams Street and Laurel Street near the railroad tracks continues to be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue near Vocational Drive continues to be out of service. A temporary bus stop at the west side of Riverside Park continues to be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue near Copia continues to be out of service. A temporary bus stop at 3417 Alameda continues to be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue and George Orr (outbound) continues to be out of service. The existing bus stop by Ascarate Elementary School and Alameda Avenue near C.R. Croom continues to be utilized.
  • Due to construction at the San Antonio Toltec Station:

o   Routes 4, 21, 22, 55 and 62 continue to board at existing bus stop on Magoffin Avenue near Ochoa Street

o   Routes 61 and 66 continue to have a temporary bus stop placed on Magoffin Avenue near Virginia Street.

DYER BRIO CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS

  • Construction continues at the following locations:
  • o   Kansas Street near San Antonio (inbound)
  • o   Montana Avenue near Cotton (inbound)
  • o   Montana Avenue near St. Vrain Street (outbound)
  • o   Campbell between Myrtle and Texas (outbound)
  • o   Five Points Transfer Center area (Chase Bank and Subway restaurant)
  • The next bus stations scheduled for construction are:
  • o   Pershing Drive near Copia Street (inbound)
  • o   Downtown Transfer Center

DYER BRIO SERVICE IMPACTS

  • Routes 35 and 50 will experience minor schedule delay due to construction on St. Vrain Street near Montana Avenue.
  • Routes traveling near San Antonio and Kansas area may experience minor schedule delays due to construction.
  • Routes 4, 21, 22 and 61 continue to experience minor schedule delay due to construction.
  • Routes 24, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 41, 50 and 55 continue to experience minor schedule delay due to construction by the Five Points Transfer Center.

Sun Metro Brio Construction for Dyer Corridor Begins Monday

El Paso commuters who travel along Piedras Street near Tularosa Avenue to the Robert E. McKee Five Points Transfer Center will see construction crews for Sun Metro’s Dyer Brio RTS (Rapid Transit System) beginning March 13, 2017.

Starting today through approximately April 3, 2017 crews will be constructing three out of 20 Brio bus stations for the Dyer corridor. The Dyer Brio construction should be completed in mid-2018. The Dyer Corridor is the third of four RTS corridors (Mesa, Alameda, Dyer, and Montana) serving various parts of the city.

Sun Metro staff will monitor the affected area to assist passengers.

IMPACTED SUN METRO SERVICE

  • The cross streets Tularosa near Piedras (Entrance to the Five Points Transfer Center)
  • The cross streets Kansas near San Antonio (Inbound route heading south)
  • The cross streets Campbell near Myrtle (Outbound route heading north)

Sun Metro’s Dyer Brio service will offer El Pasoans a high-quality RTS, which will connect the future Northgate Transfer Center to the Downtown Transfer Center. This $35.9 million dollar project will be approximately 11.4 miles in length, and will offer El Pasoans improved speed and reliability that much larger cities provide through light rail transit systems. Brio has the added advantage of lower implementation cost. Station amenities will feature:

  • Bus shelters (providing wind and sun protection)
  • Installation of a raised platform (providing near-level boarding)
  • Pre-paid automatic ticket vending
  • Benches, leaning rails, bike racks and trash cans
  • Sidewalk improvements to ADA compliance
  • Landscaping and pedestrian lighting

The new service will have various amenities to include: uniquely branded 60-foot articulated buses; a frequency of 10 minutes (peak service) to 15 minutes (off-peak service); have less frequent stops; branded and landscaped stations with improved pedestrian amenities and signal prioritization (lengthen green traffic signals).

Community Meeting for Dyer BRIO Project Scheduled for Wednesday Evening

In conjunction with the offices of City Representative Cortney Niland of District 8, the City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Department has scheduled a community meeting at which members of the public will have the opportunity to view the design plans for the Dyer Street Pedestrian Improvements project.

The improvements will enhance the connectivity along Dyer Street with the following improvements:

  • Dyer & Hercules (median refuge for pedestrians)
  • Dyer between Fred Wilson and McConnell Ave (sidewalk and landscaping)
  • Pershing between Alta and Trowbridge (sidewalk)
  • Kansas and Campbell between Overland and Wyoming (sidewalk, trees and textured
  • crosswalks)

This project with an approximate budget of $1.5 million will also enhance the efficiency of the Dyer BRIO Rapid Transit System, which is expected to open to the public in 2018.

WHO:             City of El Paso Capital Improvement Department

WHAT:          Community meeting

WHEN:          Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

WHERE:        Auditorium of Main Library, 501 N. Oregon Street

Reconstruction of Wren Avenue Begins Monday

The City of El Paso will begin the reconstruction of Wren Avenue in Northeast El Paso on Monday, June 27th, 2016.

Wren Avenue will be reconstructed from Dyer Street to just east of Shoppers Road in concrete, and once complete, it will be a vital transportation link for Northeast El Paso.

The project will include the addition of buffered bike lanes, pedestrian walkways with their own landscaping, dark sky compliant decorative lighting, as well as the installation of a textured concrete crosswalk with an imbedded caution light system at the intersection of Wren Avenue and Shoppers Road.

This $1.9 million dollar reconstruction project is one of the components of a larger plan to enhance the transportation system of this area.  Upon completion, Wren will enhance the connectivity of this area by providing the street with amenities that will allow bike, pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic to commute safely and efficiently to the new Northgate Transfer Center, which will serve as the main feeder for the new Dyer BRIO system.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2017. Lane closures and appropriate signage marking the detour route will be in effect throughout the duration of the project.  The work schedule and lane closures may be modified to accommodate any unforeseen conditions or events.

The Northgate Transfer Center is a $14.9 million dollar project, which will include services and amenities such as enclosed waiting areas with a comfortable environment, canopies at bus bays with electronic on-street message boards, and ticketing & information offices.  Construction is expected to begin in late 2016.

The Dyer BRIO system will offer El Pasoans a high-quality rapid transit system, which will connect Northeast El Paso to Central and Downtown El Paso.

The total length of this $35.8 million dollar project will be approximately 12 miles, and will include all the services and amenities that are found on the recently constructed Mesa RTS. Construction is expected to begin in early 2017.

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