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Video: El Paso’s Streetcars | KCOS Only in El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

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With the launch of the El Paso streetcar only months away, filmmaker Marcus Seegers takes a look at the history of the previous streetcars and why it was brought back and restored.

Created by Marcus Seegers

Music and Audio Edit by Robert Loya

First of Six Restored PCC Streetcars Returns 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 back in the Sun City.

Monday morning, the truck carrying Car No. 1506 enterd Downtown El Paso accompanied by an escort and traveled to Father Rahm Avenue where it will be unloaded.

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

The CRRMA and the City of El Paso will soon announce public events to celebrate the streetcar’s homecoming.

El Paso Streetcar Facebook Page

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 Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars left El Paso on November 12 and December 10, 2015, bound for extensive renovation by Brookville Equipment Corporation in Brookville, Penn.

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, streetcars will be running along the 4.8 mile route but passengers 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.

Trolley Line Testing Continues; Lane Closures Set for Kansas Street, Father Rahm Avenue

As testing of the El Paso Streetcar Project’s overhead power lines continues along the Downtown loop, drivers should take note of lane and parking restrictions along Kansas Street and Father Rahm Avenue this week, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobile Authority.

Beginning Monday, January 29, 2018, the far left lane on southbound Kansas Street will be closed at San Antonio Avenue for electrical system testing.

The closure will remain in effect through Friday, February 2, 2018.

In addition, beginning Tuesday, January 30, 2018, the westbound lane of Father Rahm Avenue will be closed from Kansas to Santa Fe streets in order for crews to take power line measurements.

The lane will remain Closed through Thursday, February 1, 2018.

No parking will be allowed on Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas and Santa Fe streets during the three days of lane closure.

Streetcar Work Final Phases Begin; Lane Closures at Franklin, Santa Fe

With most major street, track and underground utility construction for the El Paso Streetcar project completed, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks are putting the finishing touchsed some of their work along the 4.8 mile route.

According to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, lane and turn restrictions at Santa Fe Street and Franklin Avenue
begin on Monday, December 18, 2017.

Crews will make final adjustments to a water valve in the intersection of Santa Fe Street and Franklin Avenue. To accommodate this work, Santa Fe Street will be reduced to a single lane in each direction through the intersection with Franklin.

Left turns will not be permitted from southbound Santa Fe Street to eastbound Franklin Avenue or from westbound Franklin Avenue to southbound Santa Fe Street. Traffic seeking to make those turns, will be detoured via El Paso Street and Main Drive. This work is scheduled to last approximately one week.

Then on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Crosby Avenue will be closed to thru traffic immediately west of Stanton Street so crews can make final adjustments to a manhole cover. Traffic on Stanton Street will not be impacted.

This work is scheduled to last approximately one week.

Streetcar Work Continues, Final Seal to be Placed on Stanton, Oregon Overpasses

Some motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will need to find alternate routes across Interstate 10 in Downtown El Paso as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks place a final layer of sealant on two overpasses which were recently re-surfaced and outfitted with rails as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

To accommodate the work, Stanton Street and Oregon Street are scheduled to be closed to all traffic between Yandell Drive and Wyoming Avenue beginning at approximately 9am on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Both overpasses are scheduled to re-open on Friday, September 22, 2017, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority which is managing construction of the 4.8 mile streetcar project which will run from South El Paso to Downtown to the UTEP area.

Campbell Street, Kansas Street, Mesa Street, El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street will remain open to north-south traffic over I-10 during this closure.

Streetcar Work Continues on Stanton, Crews Begin Final Push Toward Completion

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should anticipate new temporary traffic patterns in the coming days as rail work related to the El Paso Streetcar Projects continues to advance toward its conclusion, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Beginning during the week of July 31, 2017two-way traffic on Stanton Street between Yandell Drive and Schuster Avenue will shift from the west side of the street to the east side of the street.

With the exception of Nevada Avenue, all cross streets are open at Stanton.

Also during this time, crews will begin preliminary striping work on North Stanton Street in advance of final striping related to the El Paso Streetcar Project which is scheduled to begin the week of August 7, 2017.

Traffic Impacts at Other Locations

The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of July 31, 2017:

Complete Closures

  • Baltimore Drive between Stanton Street and Mesa Street
  • Glory Road between Oregon Street and Mesa Street
  • Nevada Street immediately west of Oregon Street
  • Rio Grande Avenue immediately east of Oregon Street
  • Oregon Street between Wyoming Avenue to Franklin Avenue
  • Stanton Street between Yandell Drive to Franklin Avenue

Lane Restrictions

  • Yandell Drive between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Wyoming Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Wyoming Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and 4th Avenue
  • Missouri Avenue at Oregon Street
  • Missouri Avenue at Stanton Street
  • Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive

Streetcar Work Means New Temporary Traffic Patterns on Mesa, Stanton Streets

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should anticipate new temporary traffic patterns in the coming days as rail work related to the El Paso Streetcar Projects continues to advance toward its conclusion, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Beginning on Tuesday, July 25, 2017traffic on Mesa Street will shift from the inside lanes to the outside lanes at the intersection with Glory Road/Baltimore Drive. Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks have completed the first two phases of rail work in the intersection.

Traffic will remain reduced to a single lane in each direction through late August.

Baltimore Drive remains closed to thru traffic between Stanton Street and Mesa Street while Glory Road remains closed to thru traffic between Mesa Street and Oregon Street.

Motorists seeking the access the Glory Road Parking Garage can continue to do so via Oregon Street. Pedestrians are encouraged to cross Mesa Street at Cincinnati Street or at the crosswalk adjacent to the Don Haskins Center.

 

Beginning during the week of July 31, 2017two-way traffic on Stanton Street between Yandell Drive and Schuster Avenue will shift from the west side of the street to the east side of the street. With the exception of Nevada Avenue, all cross streets are open at Stanton.

 

The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of July 24, 2017:

Complete Closures

  • Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
  • Nevada Street immediately west of Oregon Street
  • Rio Grande Avenue immediately east of Oregon Street
  • Crosby Avenue immediately west of Mesa Street (July 24 only)

Lane Restrictions

  • Yandell Drive between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Wyoming Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Wyoming Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and 4th Avenue
  • Missouri Avenue at Oregon Street
  • Missouri Avenue at Stanton Street

Trolley Work Shifts Again: Mesa Lane Closures; Stanton, Santa Fe Reopen to Traffic

Two important north-south thoroughfares will re-open to two-way traffic by the end of this week, while lane restrictions will expand on Mesa Street as work at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive continues next week, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Beginning at 6 am on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Mesa Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive as work there enters Phase II.

In this phase, which lasts approximately three weeks, traffic will flow in a single inside lane in each direction. During Phase III, which lasts approximately four weeks, traffic will flow in a single outside lane in each direction.

During Phases II and III, Glory Road will remain closed to thru traffic between Oregon Street and Mesa Street while Baltimore Drive will remain closed to thru traffic between Mesa Street and Stanton Street.

These plans have been developed in coordination with the City of El Paso, Sun Metro, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the University of Texas at El Paso. While traffic will be allowed to flow in both directions on Mesa Street, motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes such as Stanton Street and Sun Bowl Drive.

Motorists will be able to access the Glory Road Transfer Center parking garage from Glory Road via Oregon Street. Pedestrian who usually cross Mesa at Baltimore/Glory, should consider alternate crossing locations.

While traffic will remain open to north-south traffic on Mesa, thru traffic should consider alternate routes such as Sun Bowl Drive and Stanton Street.

 

Stanton Street will re-open to two-way traffic between Schuster Avenue and Yandell Drive by Friday, June 30, 2017. Because work will continue on Stanton Street, two-way traffic will travel on the western side of the street between Montana Avenue and Schuster Avenue.

Between Schuster Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue, northbound traffic will travel on the easternmost side of the street while southbound traffic will travel on the westernmost side.

Santa Fe Street will re-open to at least one lane in each direction between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue by Friday, June 30, 2017. Also at this time, 4th Avenue will re-open to two-way traffic between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street.

As work continues on the Maintenance and Storage Facility, a southbound lane restriction will remain in place on Santa Fe Street near Sun Metro’s Bert Williams Downtown Transfer Center.

 

The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of July 5, 2017:

Complete Closures

  • Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Oregon Street between Franklin Avenue and Yandell Drive

Lane Restrictions

  • Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Wyoming Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Yandell Drive between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street

Final Rail Work for El Paso Streetcar Project gets Underway Starting Monday

After months of rail work at locations from South El Paso to Downtown to the UTEP area, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin their final wave of rail work in the coming weeks in the following three areas:

AREA 1 — Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive

Beginning on Monday, June 19, 2017, crews will begin work to lay rail across Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive. To keep traffic moving, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority has announced the following three phases of work to build rail across Mesa Street at the intersection of Glory Road/Baltimore Drive:

  • Phase I will run through the week of July 5, 2017: Glory Road will be closed between Oregon Street and Mesa Street; Baltimore Drive will be closed to between Mesa Street and Stanton Street. Crews will complete rail approaching Mesa Street on both Glory and Baltimore. Turn lanes from Mesa onto both of those streets will be closed.
  • Phase II will begin the week of July 5, 2017 and last approximately three weeks: Mesa Street will be reduced to a single inside lane in each direction as crews begin laying rail toward the center of the intersection.
  • Phase III will begin immediately after Phase II is completed and last approximately four weeks: Mesa Street will be reduced to a single outside lane in each direction as crews join the two sections of rail placed in Phase II. Baltimore will be open to local traffic only from Stanton Street.

These plans have been developed in coordination with the City of El Paso, Sun Metro, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the University of Texas at El Paso. While traffic will be allowed to flow in both directions on Mesa Street, motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes such as Stanton Street and Sun Bowl Drive.

Motorists will be able to access the Glory Road Transfer Center parking garage from Glory Road via Oregon Street. Pedestrian who usually cross Mesa at Baltimore/Glory, should consider alternate crossing locations.

AREA 2 — Oregon Street between Wyoming Avenue and Franklin Avenue

Beginning on Monday, June 19, 2017, Oregon Street will close to thru traffic between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue to accommodate track work. Cross streets will remain open but will be subject to lane restrictions. Work is scheduled to take approximately eight to ten weeks to complete.

AREA 3 — Stanton Street between Wyoming Avenue and Franklin Avenue

Beginning on Monday, June 26, 2017, Stanton Street will close to thru traffic between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue to accommodate trackwork. Cross streets will remain open but will be subject to lane restrictions. Work is scheduled to take approximately eight to ten weeks to complete.

When rail work is completed, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will continue other work along the route including sidewalk repairs, pole placement for the overhead cantenary system which will power the streetcars, and striping operations.

Traffic Impacts at Other Locations

The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of June 19, 2017:

Complete Closures

  • Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and 3rd Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street between 3rd Avenue and Paisano Drive (open to northbound traffic only)
  • 4th Avenue between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Stanton Street between Wyoming Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Oregon Street between Wyoming Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Stanton Street between Yandell Drive and Schuster Avenue (open to northbound traffic only)

Lane Restrictions

  • El Paso Street at 4th Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Yandell Drive between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Oregon Street between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street

In the coming weeks, crews will be working intermittently at locations throughout the downtown loop — which comprises Kansas Street, Father Rahm Avenue, Santa Fe Street and Franklin Avenue — to finalize some paving work and signal work.

That work will require short-term lane restrictions to complete. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are asked to use extra caution and obey all posted signs and barricades.

Maps+Story: Crews Set to Begin Trackwork on Mesa/Glory Road Starting June 19th

One of the very last places crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will lay rail as part of the El Paso Streetcar projects, is also one of the most heavily-traveled and will be the most impacted intersections throughout the 4.8 mile streetcar route: Mesa at Glory Road.

To keep traffic moving, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority has announced the following three phases of work to build rail across Mesa Street at the intersection of Glory Road/Baltimore Drive:

  • Phase I will begin on June 19, 2017: Glory Road will be closed between Oregon Street and Mesa Street; Baltimore Drive will be closed to between Mesa Street and Stanton Street. Crews will complete rail approaching Mesa Street on both Glory and Baltimore. Turn lanes from Mesa onto both of those streets will be closed.
  • Phase II will begin the week of July 5, 2017 and last approximately three weeks: Mesa Street will be reduced to a single inside lane in each direction as crews begin laying rail toward the center of the intersection.
  • Phase III will begin immediately after Phase II is completed and last approximately four weeks: Mesa Street will be reduced to a single outside lane in each direction as crews join the two sections of rail placed in Phase II. Baltimore will be open to local traffic only from Stanton Street.

These plans have been developed in coordination with the City of El Paso, Sun Metro, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the University of Texas at El Paso. Motorists will be able to access the Glory Road Transfer Center parking garage from Glory Road via Oregon Street. Pedestrian who usually cross Mesa at Baltimore/Glory, should consider alternate crossing locations.

Members of the public with questions about these plans are invited to an open house hosted by the CRRMA from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in the Production Room at the Don Haskins Center, 121 Glory Road.

Contractors will present detailed plans, traffic control maps and information on alternate routes.

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Final Phase of Major Streetcar work on Santa Fe Street Set to Begin Monday

Major work related to the El Paso Streetcar project on Santa Fe Street near Sun Metro’s Burt Williams Downtown Transfer Center will enter its final phase next week, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

To accommodate storm drain work there, lane restrictions will be in place on South El Paso Street at 4th Avenue and 4th Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street beginning on Monday, May 22, 2017.

4th aveAlso at this time, reconstruction of the intersection of 4th Avenue and Santa Fe Street will begin. Santa Fe Street will be closed to all traffic between 4th Avenue and Father Rahm. Santa Fe Street will be open to northbound traffic only between 3rd Avenue and Paisano Drive

Sidewalks will remain open and temporary pedestrian crossings will be in place. This work is scheduled to be completed in 4-6 weeks.

Nevada Avenue and Rio Grande Avenue will close at Oregon Street beginning on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, so crews can lay rail through these intersections. Both streets will remain closed for approximately eight weeks. Lane restrictions remain in place on Oregon Street between California Avenue and Yandell Drive.

Stanton Street remains reduced to single northbound lane between Yandell Drive and Cincinnati Avenue as crews continue paving operations and constructing stations. Northbound traffic remains shifted to the west side of the street between Montana Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue

Intermittent closures of additional cross streets will be required as paving work continues on Stanton Street; Cross streets will re-open as paving work is completed. River, Arizona, Montana, Rim, and Kerbey will remain open at all times

Stanton Street and Oregon Street remain closed to all traffic between Yandell Drive and Wyoming Avenue as crews continue work placing rail on those overpasses. Additionally, lane restrictions remain in place on Yandell Drive and on Wyoming Avenue.

The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of May 22, 2017:

Lane Restrictions

  • Franklin Avenue between Oregon Street and Kansas Street
  • Kansas Street at Franklin Avenue
  • Kansas Street between Myrtle Avenue and San Antonio Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Nevada Avenue

Complete Closures

  • Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street between 4th Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue

Moving Operations
Crews will require short-term lane closures at various locations along the route as they drill the final OCS pole foundations.

Track work is set to begin on Glory Road between Oregon and Mesa Street and on Baltimore Drive between Stanton Street and Mesa Street in mid-June. This work will set the stage for rail to cross Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive in July.

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Maps+Story: Trolley Work Means New Traffic Patterns to Help Downtown Commuters

Downtown commuters will have a little more room to move starting next week as crews lift as new traffic patterns in place on Franklin Avenue and lane restrictions continue to east on Kansas Street, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

  • Beginning on Monday, May 8, 2017, Franklin Avenue will re-open to east-west traffic between Santa Fe Street and Oregon Street near Southwest University Park, eastbound traffic on Franklin Avenue between Oregon Street and Kansas Street will move to the south side of the street, and left turns will once again be allowed from Mesa Street onto Franklin Avenue.
  • Also at this time, Stanton Street will re-open to northbound traffic between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue. Stanton will close to thru traffic between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue for three weeks as crews begin rail work there.
  • By the end of the week of May 8, Kansas Street will re-open to all southbound lanes traffic between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue. A single lane restriction will remain in place on Kansas at Franklin.

These changes will make it easier for motorists to navigate around lane restrictions on Wyoming Avenue and Yandell Drive and the complete closures of Oregon Street and Stanton Street at Interstate 10.

Earlier, Stanton Street and Oregon Street closed to all traffic between Yandell Drive and Wyoming Avenue to accommodate the placement of rail and specially formulated concrete on overpasses which will carry the streetcar line across I-10.

Overpass closures are scheduled to last approximately eight weeks. Lane restrictions will also be in place on Yandell Drive for approximately eight weeks and on Wyoming Avenue for approximately twelve weeks.

As a result, motorists are asked to consider alternate routes into Downtown including the following:

  • From I-10 west, exit Cotton Street to Texas Avenue
  • Use Loop 375 west to Campbell Street
  • From I-10 east, exit Executive Center to Paisano

Paving Operations Continue on North Stanton Street

North Stanton Street remains reduced to a single northbound lane between Montana Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue as crews continue work repaving the street and begin work on streetcar boarding stations.

This work includes the closure of Boston Avenue between Kansas Street and Stanton Street.

During the week of May 8, 2017, the following streets will be intermittently closed to thru traffic between Stanton Street and Kansas Street as crews pave through the intersections: Boston Avenue, Kerbey Avenue, University Avenue, Hague Avenue.

Stanton Street is scheduled to re-open to north-south traffic between Crosby Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue by the end of May and between Yandell Drive and Crosby Avenue by the end of June.

The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of May 8:

Complete Closures

  • Glory Road between Randolph Drive and Mesa Street
  • Oregon Street between Cincinnati Avenue and Glory Road
  • Santa Fe Street between 4th Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue

Lane Restrictions

  • Campbell Street at 1st Avenue

Other Upcoming Work

Track work is set to begin on Glory Road between Oregon and Mesa Street and on Baltimore Drive between Stanton Street and Mesa Street in mid-June. This work will set the stage for rail to cross Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive in July.

Beginning on May 22, 2017, lane restrictions will be in place on South El Paso Street at 4th Avenue as crews complete storm drain work there. Also at that time, crews will close the intersection of Santa Fe Street and 4th Avenue to fully reconstruct the intersection.

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Map+Story: Glory Road Trolley Rail Work Begins Next Week; Baltimore, Parts of N. Stanton Scheduled to Re-Open

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution in the coming days as rail work begins on Glory Road and temporary pavement markings are placed on North Stanton Street as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Beginning on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin placing specially fabricated curved rail at the corner of Glory Road and Oregon Street. To accommodate this work, Glory Road will be closed to thru traffic between Mesa Street and Randolph Drive. Oregon Street will be closed to thru traffic between Cincinnati Avenue and Glory Road.

While no motorists, pedestrians or cyclists will be allowed in the immediate vicinity of the work, motorists will be able to access the Glory Road Parking Garage from Mesa Street via Glory Road. The University of Texas at El Paso’s P-10 and P-11 parking lots will be accessible from Sun Bowl Drive via Glory Road.

Because crosswalks on the south side of Glory Road will be closed, pedestrians should consider alternate routes including the sidewalk on the north side of Glory Road.

This work will last approximately three weeks and sets the stage for crews to begin laying rail across Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive in mid-June.

Beginning on Friday, April 14, 2017, North Stanton Street will re-open to north-south traffic between Baltimore Drive and Cincinnati Avenue. Baltimore Drive will temporarily re-open to east-west traffic at this time, too.

Because of street widths and station configurations, Stanton will remain reduced to a single northbound lane south of Cincinnati. Track installation continues on Stanton Street south of Crosby Avenue.

All cross-streets between Schuster Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue have re-opened at Stanton Street. Meanwhile, Hague Road, Crosby Avenue and Rio Grande Avenue remain closed to thru traffic immediately west of Stanton.

Intermittent closures of cross-streets will continue as rolling paving operations continue along some parts of Stanton Street. Baltimore Drive will close again when rail crosses Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive in mid-June.

Stanton Street Street will remain reduced to a single northbound lane between Yandell Drive and Cincinnati Avenue. Motorists, pedestrian and cyclists should expected new traffic patterns though as the work continues. Beginning on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, northbound traffic will move from the east side of the street to the west side of the street between Rim Road and Cincinnati Avenue.

This change in traffic pattern is necessary to give crews room to safety construction boarding platforms along Stanton Street.

Many downtown commuters can expect an easier commute to and from the office beginning on Monday, April 17, 2017. All lane restrictions will be lifted on Kansas Street between Main Drive and Texas Avenue and between Overland Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue. Lane restrictions will continue on Kansas Street between Missouri Avenue and Main Drive and between Texas Avenue and Overland Avenue.

I-10 will be closed in both directions from 9pm on Sunday, April 23, to 5am on Monday, April 24, 2017, so crews can paint columns and place OCS poles. Stanton Street will be closed between Wyoming Avenue and Yandell Drive at this time.

Lane restrictions will be in place on Oregon Street between Wyoming and Yandell at this time.

Paso del Norte Trackworks crews have completed installation of rail and are presently completing concrete paving operations on the south side of Franklin Avenue between Oregon Street and Kansas Street. At the end of this month, eastbound traffic is scheduled to move from the north side of the street to the south side of the street so crews can complete repaving.

Also at this time, Stanton Street will re-open to thru traffic between Main Drive and Franklin. However, it will close to all traffic between Franklin and Missouri.

Crews have completed installation of some of the most complex rail and switching mechanisms along the entire 4.8 mile route along Santa Fe Street. Now, the intersection of 4thAvenue and Santa Fe Street is scheduled to close so it can be fully reconstructed to withstand the rigors of daily traffic and buses entering Sun Metro’s Burt Williams Downtown Transfer Center.

To accommodate this work, Santa Fe Street will be closed to thru traffic between 3rd Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue, beginning in early May. Also at that time, 4th Avenue will be closed between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street.

Because work will be confined to the intersection, both streets will remain open for local access. However, no vehicles will be allowed to pass through the intersection as it is being reconstructed. Temporary pedestrian crossings will also be in place.

The reconstruction of the intersection is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. This is the last work for the El Paso Streetcar Project which will require complete closure of Santa Fe Street.

Traffic Impacts at Other Locations During the Week of April 17, 2017 

Complete Closures:

  • Glory Road between Oregon Street and Mesa Street
  • Santa Fe Street between 4th Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue

Lane Restrictions:

  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Nevada Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
  • Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street

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Southbound Traffic set to Shift on Kansas St; Texas, San Antonio to Close for Paving Work

Due to streetcar rail work, downtown commuters should expect new traffic patterns on and around Kansas Street beginning on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Southbound traffic will be shifted to the newly paved western lanes of Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive on Monday. This will allow crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks to repave the eastern lanes on which traffic is presently flowing.

Additionally at that time, Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will close to thru traffic between Campbell Street and Kansas Street so crews can place concrete pavement in the eastern half of the intersections. Traffic on Kansas Street will continue to be allowed through the intersection; southbound traffic will also be allowed to turn right from Kansas onto both streets.

Work is expected to last for approximately four to six weeks.

As was previously announced, work began laying rail earlier this week on Franklin Avenue. As a result, Franklin Avenue is reduced to a single eastbound lane between Oregon Street and Kansas Street. Mesa Street is reduced to one lane in each direction at Franklin.

In order to keep traffic flowing through this intersection, left turns will not be allowed from Mesa onto Franklin. Additionally, Stanton Street is now closed to thru traffic between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue.

Detour Routes into Downtown

As construction ramps up in the Downtown area, the CRRMA recommends motorists consider the following detour routes when entering Downtown from the following areas:

From Central El Paso, Eastside, Northeast El Paso and Mission Valley

  • I-10 Exit 20/Cotton Street to Myrtle Avenue.
  • Loop 375/César Chávez Border Highway, turn right on Campbell Street or Oregon Street.

From West El Paso

  • I-10 Exit 19/Downtown to Oregon Street or Santa Fe Street, turn left on Paisano, turn left on Campbell Street.
  • I-10 Exit 16/Executive Center Boulevard, turn left on Paisano.

Paisano Drive and Loop 375/César Chávez Border Highway are subject to occasional closure by other construction projects. Click here for more information.

Stanton Street remains reduced to a single northbound lane between Yandell Drive and Baltimore Drive as crews continue work laying rail there. The following cross streets remain closed immediately west of Stanton Street: Baltimore Drive, Robinson Avenue, Blanchard Avenue, Hague Road, Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive and Rio Grande Avenue.

The following temporary modifications will be necessary as crews continue pouring concrete:

  • Kerbey Avenue will be closed at Stanton Street thru Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
  • As an alternate route for east-west traffic, University Avenue will temporarily re-open thru Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
  • Cincinnati Avenue will be closed at Stanton Street from 1am to 9am on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
  • Rim Road will be closed at Stanton Street from 1am to 9am on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Overnight lane closures along I-10 through Downtown El Paso have resumed and will take place Sundays through Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Traffic Impacts at Other Locations Along the 4.8 Mile Route (Week of February 27, 2017)

  • Santa Fe Street remains closed between Paisano Drive and Rather Rahm Avenue for track work.
  • Lane restrictions on Father Rahm Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Father Rahm Avenue.
  • Lane restrictions on Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Lane restrictions on Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Lane restrictions on Campbel Street at First Avenue

First photos of El Paso’s Streetcars being restored released

In images released Tuesday afternoon, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) is giving El Pasoans their first look at the renovation of historic streetcars that will be returned to service as part of the El Paso Streetcar project.

On Thursday, El Pasoans will also have the opportunity to get their first up-close look at these images of the streetcars, see an actual sample of the track on which the streetcars will run and have one on one conversations with the team involved with the project.

The CRRMA will host a come-and-go style open house from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at the El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch at 510 N. Oregon Street.   Attendees will be provided with El Paso Streetcar memorabilia on a first come first served basis. Historical information about El Paso’s streetcar heritage and a schematic of work covering the entire route will also be available.

In late 2015, six of El Paso’s classic Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars were taken to Brookville, Pennsylvania, where they are being restored by experts at Brookville Equipment Corp. The company has over a decade of experience in restoring vintage streetcars for daily use — including PCC streetcars.

Brookville has restored cars for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

“The craftsmen and craftswomen at Brookville have unparalleled expertise when it comes to restoring historic streetcars for the rigors of everyday service,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director of the CRRMA. “These streetcars will not only honor El Paso’s streetcar heritage, but they will serve as workhorses of El Paso’s multimodal mass transit system.”

Open House Event Info: Thursday, January 28, 2016; 5p to 7:30p at El Paso Public Library, Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon

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