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CRRMA Completes Construction on El Paso Streetcar Project

After more than two years of work, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has completed its construction activities on the El Paso Streetcar Project.

These activities included the construction of a maintenance and storage facility, 4.8 miles of track, various street reconstructions, system fixtures, traction power substations, overhead contact system lines/poles and communication systems. Construction was managed by the CRRMA and performed by Paso del Norte Trackworks which is a joint venture of Granite Construction Company and RailWorks Track Systems, Inc.

“Turning over this newly constructed project infrastructure to the City of El Paso is a key way marker on the decades-long road to bring streetcar service back to El Paso,” said Raymond Telles, executive director of the CRRMA. “As the CRRMA’s role in this project nears its end, I would like to commend the dedicated men and women who worked so hard to get us to this point. I would also like to sincerely thank residents, businesses and institutions along the route who endured a lengthy construction project which was in many cases right in their front yard. I believe that this system and the long term positive impact it will have on our community will be well worth it.”

With construction completed and the shift to operations well underway, the CRRMA is turning over most communication responsibilities to the City of El Paso including the El Paso Streetcar Facebook page and Instagram profile, e-newsletter and project hotline. The CRRMA will continue to provide updates on the remaining streetcar delivery, testing and restoration work.

The movement to restore streetcar service began in the mid-1970s, shortly after El Paso City Lines cancelled its final streetcar service between El Paso and Juárez.

Since then, numerous community activists, city leaders and state officials have worked on various initiatives to bring the streetcar service back. These activities eventually led to the completion of a feasibility study in 2010 which paved the way for then-City Representative Steve Ortega to lead an initiative of the El Paso City Council to fund the design plans for the program in 2012 and then-Chairman Ted Houghton of the Texas Transportation Commission to allocate $97 million to this project in 2014.

The CRRMA is a regional mobility authority (RMA) whose mission is to assist in the establishment of a comprehensive transportation system to directly benefit the traveling public within the El Paso region through the development of additional transportation alternatives.

Other projects involving the CRRMA include the Sun Cycle bike share program, the I-10/Loop 375 Americas Interchange Project in East El Paso, the aesthetic improvements at I-10 and Airway and El Paso County’s 2013 Comprehensive Mobility Plan which includes more than a dozen transportation projects around the county.

“Unique projects like this one are why the CRRMA exists,” Telles said. “When the Texas legislature passed laws allowing for the creation of RMAs, it was with the clear understanding that meeting Texas’ mobility challenges necessitated innovative solutions and a regional approach.”

The CRRMA’s work on the vehicles will continue. Streetcar restoration work is being performed by Brookville Equipment Corporation. To date, three of six restored vintage PCC streetcars have been accepted by the City with two additional vehicles currently undergoing final testing in El Paso. The remaining vehicle is scheduled to return to the City before the end of the year.

While this project was managed by the CRRMA, streetcar operations and maintenance activities will be managed by the City of El Paso’s Sun Metro Mass Transit Department.

First Shipment of Rail for El Paso Streetcar Project Arrives

The first shipment of steel rail on which El Paso’s streetcars will run has arrived in the Sun City. Each length of rail is 59 feet long and weighs approximately 2,300 pounds. About 900 pieces will be used throughout the entire project.

“Other than the historic streetcars themselves, there is no more symbolic element of this project than the rail,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director of the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority. “After months of utility relocation work, this marks an important milestone in this project as we prepare for laying track this summer.”

rail-meme-05Design engineers selected “girder rail” for the El Paso Streetcar project. Unlike the rails traditionally used by railroads in the United States, this type of rail includes a special flange in which the wheels sit.

Developed in 1852, “girder rail” has been extensively used by streetcar projects around the world. Slightly modified “block rail” will be used on bridges.

The girder rail, manufactured in Austria, was carried by ship to the Port of Houston. From there, it was then brought by train to El Paso.

Some curved pieces and other specialty pieces are being brought to El Paso by truck. The block rail was manufactured in the U.S.

Crews expect to begin laying the rail by June. That work will include construction of a concrete slab within streets along the route. The rail will be brought from its current storage location to the construction site where several of the 59-foot long pieces will be welded together and embedded in the slab.

The rail will also be surrounded by a heavy-gauge rubber boot which will insulate the rail and reduce noise and vibration.

As part of the El Paso Streetcar project, new sidewalks will be installed along Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street. Beginning this week, crews will begin replacing sidewalks one block at a time. Sidewalk closures will begin this week on the south side of Father Rahm between Kansas and Stanton.

Crews will work within that block removing the existing sidewalk, preparing the ground and installing the new sidewalk.

Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to traffic between Santa Fe and Kansas

Yandell Drive remains reduced to one lane at Stanton Street. However, beginning this week motorists will be required to travel in the far right lane of Yandell Drive rather than the far left lane. Stanton Street will be closed from Wyoming to Montana

Work Underway at Other Locations

  • Kansas Street remains closed between Texas and San Antonio Street
  • San Antonio Avenue remains closed at Kansas Street
  • Lane closures continue on Yandell Drive at Stanton Street
  • Lane closures continue on Stanton Street between Wyoming and Yandell
  • Lane closures continue on Oregon Street between Rio Grande Avenue and Glory Road
  • Lane closures continue on Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Lane closures continue on Stanton Street between Rio Grande Avenue and Robinson Avenue

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Streetcar Project work continues to expand, street closures shift this week

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has announced that contractors will expand their work zones and modify some street closures in the coming weeks as utility work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project kicks into high gear.

Starting on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, crews will close the intersection of Kansas Street at Father Rahm for approximately three days, allowing Stanton to be re-opened at Father Rahm until Sunday, January 31, 2016.

On Monday, February 1, 2016, the intersection of Father Rahm and Stanton Street will close again. Father Rahm will remain closed from Santa Fe Street to Campbell Street.

Motorists who use Kansas Street to access Loop 375, should follow marked detours and consider alternate routes such as Mesa and Santa Fe Streets.

Other Work Planned at Other Locations in the Coming Weeks

  • Complete closure of intersection of Kansas Streeet and Texas Avenue.
  • Complete closure of intersection of Kansas Street and San Antonio Avenue.
  • Complete closure of Stanton Street from Arizona Avenue to Montana Avenue.
  • Partial lane closures on Oregon Street from Glory Road to Robinson Avenue.

Work Underway at Other Locations

  • Kansas Street remains closed between Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue.
  • Stanton Street is closed to traffic from Arizona to River.

Impacts to Properties Along the Route

Residents, businesses, and schools will maintain access at all times during construction. The CRRMA is coordinating directly with those impacted.

The CRRMA will also be hosting an Open House on Thursday, January 28th; click HERE for more information.

Streetcar Project construction to begin January 4th

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) announced today construction activities for the El Paso Streetcar Project (the Project) that will begin on January 4, 2016.

Paso del Norte Trackworks (PDNT), the CRRMA’s project contractor, will resume in the new year with work on Stanton St. between River Ave. and Arizona Ave.,  Kansas St. between E. Main St. and Texas St. and utility relocation work by both PDNT and El Paso Electric (EPE) on Father Rahm Ave. between Stanton St. and Kansas St.

2016 Work Schedule:

Street Closures on Stanton St. between River Ave. and Arizona Ave.

When: Monday, January 4, 2016 for approximately four (4) to (6) weeks.

Details: Paso Del Norte Trackworks (PDNT) will resume work activities for the El Paso Street Car project.

Street Closures on Kansas St. between E. Main St. and Texas St.

When: Monday January 4, 2016 for approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks.

Details: Paso Del Norte Trackworks (PDNT) will resume work activities for the El Paso Street Car project.

Street Closures on Father Rahm between Santa Fe. St. and Kansas St.

When: Monday January 4, 2016 for approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks.

Details: Paso Del Norte Trackworks (PDNT) will resume work activities for the El Paso Street Car project. PDNT will be working in the area in conjunction with El Paso Electric (EPE) who will be conducting utility work in preparation for the streetcar.

Utility Construction Activities: 

What: Street Closures on Father Rahm Ave. between Santa Fe St. and Kansas St.

When: Starting on Monday, January 4, 2016 for approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks.

Details: EPE will be replacing existing poles on Father Rahm with taller structures so that existing lines may be moved up to provide clearance for the planned Streetcar OCS poles and conductor. After new poles are installed, EPE will transfer the existing equipment onto the new poles.

EPE expects to complete the work within seven (7) weeks, and upon completion, the Joint Use Utilities (Telecoms), currently on the existing poles, will be notified so that they may also transfer their cables onto the taller structures. The existing poles will then be removed once all the utilities have moved their equipment off the poles.

The CRRMA is tasked with constructing the project, using $97 million in Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) funding and a design provided by The City of El Paso (City). Once operational, the City’s Mass Transit Department (Sun Metro) will operate and maintain the Streetcars and associated facilities.

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

The route runs in two loops, connecting the international bridges, retail areas, government buildings, convention center and downtown ballpark with the medical center, University of Texas at El Paso and several historic neighborhoods.

Author: Barracuda PR / CRRMA

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Streetcar Project construction continues this week

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) announced today an update on construction activities for the El Paso Streetcar Project (the Project) that began on Monday, December 7, 2015 and will run through Friday, December 18, 2015.

Upcoming work will include overnight potholing on Father Rahm Street and utility relocation work by Texas Gas Service. Also included is information regarding an ongoing bus stop relocation at Sun Metro’s Bert Williams Downtown Transfer center.

2015 Work Schedule:

 

What: Overnight Potholing Work

When: Monday, December 14, 2015 through December 18, 2015, between 7:00pm and 5:00am.

Where: Father Rahm between Santa Fe and S. Kansas

Details: Crews will be conducting overnight potholing work, resulting in temporary lane closures on Father Rahm

Utility Relocation Activities: 

What: Third Street between Santa Fe Street and El Paso Street will remain closed

When: Through December 18, 2015.

What: TGS will begin work on North Stanton Street from Rim Road to East Hague.

When: From Monday, December 14, 2015 through Wednesday, December 18, 2015,

Details: During this time, the intersections at Stanton Street and Rim Road and Stanton Street and East Hague between Kansas and Santa Fe. Road will have full closures until December 18, 2015. One lane will be maintained open on Rim and Hague to allow resident and business access.

TGS will be working on Baltimore Drive between Mesa Street and Stanton Street, full closure will be ongoing until approximately Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

What: There will be temporary lane closures at North Stanton Street and East Nevada Avenue. Traffic control through approximately Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

All work along North Stanton Street is expected to be complete by the end of December 2015.

Sun Metro Bus Stop Relocation:

When: Monday, December 7, 2015 until further notice.

Where: Sun Metro Bert Williams Downtown Transfer center located at the corner of Santa Fe and Fourth St.

will be set up to allow for two-way traffic.

Details: Routes 24-Delta via Second Ward and the NM Golden Route originally boarding at BAY P (on Santa Fe St.) have been relocated to Fourth St. between Santa Fe and El Paso St. heading west due to work being done in the parking lot area inside the Sun Metro Bert Williams Downtown Transfer Center.

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