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Initial Testing Phase of El Paso Streetcar Electrical Components Begins

Before the City of El Paso begins operating the service for the public, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority will undertake several months rigorous testing of the El Paso Streetcar Project to ensure the system is safe and operating as expected. That includes testing elements of the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) such as power substations and overhead lines which will power the streetcars.

Testing which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, requires crews to fully energize some overhead lines with up to 650-volts DC.

Officials with the CRRMA warn residents, “From this point forward, all lines should always be considered to be energized. Never touch the wires or anything touching the wires.”

During testing next week, motorists may also notice specially outfitted trucks which will ride the route with a police escort testing the wires.

OCS system testing is expected to have a minimal impact on motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

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

The route runs in two loops, connecting the international bridges, retail areas, government buildings, convention center and downtown ballpark with the Las Palmas and UTEP Area.

City, Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority Partner for Kern Place Project

A project that will improve street and pedestrian safety, and highlight the entrance to one of the City’s most iconic corridors and neighborhoods got a jumpstart Tuesday.

City Council voted to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority for the management and construction of a pedestrian improvements project on the Westside near the University of Texas at El Paso.

The project includes the construction of the signature Sun City Lights archway in Kern Place.

The approximate $2.8 million project aims to create new economic development opportunities by combining public art, urban design, and neighborhood revitalization strategies. Construction is expected to begin next month and finish by the end of the year.

The project scope includes street reconstruction, resurfacing, increased parking, sidewalk reconstruction and widening, traffic calming, street lighting and landscaping along the portion of Cincinnati and Glory Road/Baltimore streets located between Oregon and Stanton.

This project is part of the City’s efforts to promote the visual image of El Paso and enhance quality of life through recreational, cultural and educational environments.

The project is funded by certificates of obligation.

Complete closure of Kansas Street begins Monday for Streetcar work

Kansas Street in Downtown El Paso will be closed to all traffic between Main Drive and Texas Avenue beginning on Monday, January 11, 2016. As part of the closure, Mills Avenue will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic at Kansas.

The closure is necessary to allow crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks to begin relocating utilities related to the El Paso Streetcar project.

Kansas Street carries tens of thousands of vehicles a day from Interstate 10 to downtown destinations including El Paso City Hall, the El Paso County Courthouse, and the Federal Courthouse. Motorists who use Kansas Street are advised to expect delays and follow all marked detours. Additionally, they are encouraged to consider the following alternate routes:

  • Westbound traffic can exit I-10 at Cotton Street and accessing Downtown via Texas Avenue.
  • Eastbound traffic can exit I-10 at Downtown and turn right at Santa Fe, Oregon, or Mesa Streets.

During all closures, appropriate traffic control measures will be in place in impacted areas. Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists should also allow additional time to travel in these areas and are asked to observe all signs, barricades, and detours.

Other road closures related to the streetcar project are already in place at the following locations:

  • Father Rahm Avenue is closed to westbound traffic from Mesa Street to Santa Fe Street.
  • Father Rahm Avenue is closed to eastbound and westbound traffic from Kansas Street to Mesa Street.
  • South Stanton Street is closed to northbound and southbound traffic at Father Rahm Avenue.
  • North Stanton Street is closed to northbound and southbound traffic between River Avenue and Arizona Avenue.

Closures will last approximately four to six weeks. Other closures along these and other corridors are planned in future phases.

Residents, businesses, and schools will maintain access at all times during construction. The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority is coordinating directly with those impacted. For more information, the CRRMA has the following resources for residents:

  • Click here to sign-up for regular construction updates delivered to your email inbox.
  • Like the El Paso Streetcar on Facebook.
  • Call the bilingual project information line: (844) 252-RAIL.

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Toll Waiver Program starts for Disabled Veterans, Medal Awarded-Veterans

Beginning today, October 30, 2015, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) will implement a Toll Waiver Program on the César Chávez Express Toll Lanes for disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart, Medal of Honor, or Legion of Valor.

Eligible veterans may drive free of charge on the César Chávez Express Toll Lanes once they have applied for and received a valid Veteran Toll Waiver Program TollTag from the CRRMA.

Eligible veterans must be in a vehicle actively registered with the State of Texas, display a disabled veteran, Purple Heart, Medal of Honor, or Legion of Valor specialty license plate, and have a valid Veteran Toll Waiver Program TollTag to be eligible for the program.

To be eligible for the Program, veterans must have a vehicle registered with the State of Texas and displaying a disabled veteran, Purple Heart, Medal of Honor, or Legion of Valor specialty license plate. Veterans without a current disabled veteran specialty license plate may apply for a specialty plate if they are certified by the Veterans Administration to have a 50 percent service-related disability, or 40% due to amputation of a lower extremity.

In the El Paso area, eligible veterans may drive free of charge on the César Chávez Express Toll Lanes. Future toll lanes operated by the CRRMA will be added, but no other toll lanes are currently included in this Program. Program participants using the Program’s TollTag in other areas will incur the tolls and fees charged by that area’s toll roads.

To use the Program’s TollTag in other areas, please contact the North Texas Tollway Authority at (915) 351-8655 to add funds to the account associated with the Program’s TollTag. For information about other toll roads in Texas, and if they offer a similar program for disabled veterans, please contact the entity operating toll roads in that area.

All charges related to travel on the César Chávez Express Toll Lanes before the effective date of the Veteran Toll Waiver Program must be paid in full. This includes any toll charges, administrative fees, or violation fees associated with tolls owed prior to October 30, 2015.

Details about how to apply for the plates are available at the Texas Department of Motor vehicles website

Veterans may apply for the Veteran Toll Waiver Program by visiting the Atkins North America, Inc. office located at 404 Executive Center Boulevard  or by calling (915) 533-6601 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Qualifying veterans will be given a TollTag to be mounted in the vehicle. If your vehicle’s TollTag is not correctly identified and you are charged for your tolls, please call (915) 533-6601 for assistance.

Author: Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority

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