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El Paso Streetcar adjusts operating hours

El Paso Streetcar will adjust its hours beginning the week of Sunday, October 13.

Streetcar officials share that operating hours are reviewed regularly to ensure they meet ridership demand and support activities along the nearly 5-mile route.

“Streetcar fares will continue to be waived throughout October and into 2020,” officials added.

In October, riders may take advantage of the waived fees to donate to the El Paso Strong Campaign effort via fare boxes inside the streetcar.

The El Paso Strong effort supports the development of a permanent memorial to honor the victims and survivors of the domestic terrorism attack on August 3.

Toward the end of the year, riders will be able to enjoy streetcar rides to the holiday festivities in downtown.

Adjusted Streetcar Schedule

Sunday – Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (midnight)
Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

To plan streetcar rides, everyone who downloads the new El Paso Streetcar App can follow the streetcar along the route, get alerts when the streetcar will arrive, and select their favorite stops for quick access.

The app is available for iOS and Android phones.

For more information about the El Paso Streetcar visit epstreetcar.com or call (915) 212-3333. Like their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram.

Streetcar Extends ‘El Paso Strong Ride’ through October

 El Paso Streetcar will extend its El Paso Strong Ride campaign through the end of October.

“We are pleased to extend the El Paso Strong Ride to offer our riders the opportunity to continue to help create a legacy of love by contributing to the development of the El Paso Strong Memorial. The extension of this streetcar programming demonstrates how the El Paso community remains united during this difficult time as our city continues to recover from the impact of August 3,” Jay Banasiak, Sun Metro Director said.

The campaign, which began in early September, waives streetcar fares to encourage riders to donate to the El Paso Strong effort via streetcar fare boxes.

The El Paso Strong effort supports the development of a permanent memorial to honor the victims and survivors of the domestic terrorism attack on August 3.

The City of El Paso is teaming up with public and private organizations to develop a permanent memorial honoring the victims and survivors of the attack.

For more information about the El Paso Streetcar visit epstreetcar.com or call (915) 212-3333. Like their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram.

Sun Metro hosts 2019 Electric Railroaders’ Association annual convention

El Paso is the final stop for the 2019 Electric Railroaders’ Association (ERA) annual convention.

The ERA Annual Convention wrapping up today, September 3, 2019, in El Paso is a great opportunity for transit professionals to come together and visit new light rail and streetcar systems that have opened since the turn of the millennium. During this convention they visited three transit hotspots in the nation’s Southwest — Tucson, Phoenix, and El Paso.

“It is an honor to host the upcoming 2019 ERA convention,” Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak said. “A great event that brings together transit rail professionals to learn about the latest streetcar systems, challenges, and visionary solutions for the future.”

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to ride the El Paso Streetcar and visit all the great restaurants, retail shopping district and galleries along the route.

Their visit will begin in the original El Paso Union Station (also the Amtrak depot) all while visiting the restored Locomotive No. 1, where eight railroads operated into El Paso in the 19th century.

The convention will conclude with ERA’s Annual Banquet at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown. The ERA Convention is estimated to attract an estimated 70 worldwide rail professionals from their respective countries in professions, such as Canada, Japan, Germany, and Australia.

For more information about Sun Metro, visit sunmetro.net or call (915) 212-3333, like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @SunMetro.

El Paso Streetcar to host meet and greet with Luchador Sin Cara

The El Paso Museum of History (EPMH), in collaboration with the El Paso Streetcar, invites the public to the Lucha Libre: Streetcar Ride and Pop-up Exhibit.

Fans will have the opportunity to experience Lucha Libre like never before with a ride on the streetcar and meet El Paso native luchador, Sin Cara on Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Following the ride along, there will be an opportunity for photos, autographs and the unveiling of a pop-up Lucha Libre exhibit at the Museum of History.

“El Paso is a city with a vibrant culture and community, and the programming at EPMH reflects that,” said Museum of History Director Vladimir von Tsurikov. “It has been exciting to collaborate with a hometown hero such as Sin Cara and develop an exhibition that entails the tradition and significance of luchador here in El Paso.”

The streetcar ride-along with Sin Cara begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Franklin and El Paso streetcar stop (across the street from EPMH). Spots are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

At 7:00 p.m., following the streetcar ride, Sin Cara will be at the EPMH. A Lucha Libre Pop-Up exhibit will be unveiled at 7:30 p.m., kicking off a social hour with live music, food and a cash bar.

The exhibit includes items from Sin Cara’s personal collection, which will serve as a preview for the upcoming Lucha Libre exhibition at EPMH scheduled to open in 2021.

Sin Cara grew up in Segundo Barrio and graduated from Burges High School where he began his wrestling career.

He became an International wrestling competitor in both the United States and Mexico and began his career with WWE in 2009.

Along with wrestling, Sin Cara is also passionate about giving back to the El Paso community.

“The shared love for Lucha Libre is something that unites the people of El Paso. Being able to come back to my roots and showcase that means everything,” said Sin Cara.

For more information on the Lucha Libre: Streetcar Ride and Pop-up Exhibit event, visit the El Paso Museum of History Facebook page.

El Paso Streetcar: Sponsors offering free rides starting June 17; Rolls out Trolley Tracking App

On Tuesday, officials with Sun Metro announced two new items for the Streetcars: free rides and an app to track the iconic PCC cars.

The new El Paso Streetcar mobile app helps answer the big question “Where is the Streetcar?” The app is designed to help riders plan their trips by providing real-time information on the location of all streetcars in service along the nearly 5-mile route.

“The El Paso Streetcar is delivering industry-leading innovation to its riders coupled with expanded special events programming,” said Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak.

“As our services grow, we want to offer better digital technology to our residents and visitors to enhance their experience. This new feature will allow passengers to track real-time arrivals and eliminate the guess work of the streetcars’ availability.”

The app is in its Beta testing phase where users can download it and provide feedback and report issues directly through the drop-down menu.

It is free and available from Google Play and the Apple App store.

El Paso Streetcar Mobile App Allows Passengers To:

  • Track the real-time location of the Streetcar
  • Get real-time arrival information on all 27 stops
  • Access announcements on special programming and events
  • Receive alerts related to the streetcar’s service
  • Highlight favorite pick up locations and stops
  • View information about fares, hours of operations and ticket vending location

Additionally, starting June 17, 2019 everyone can hop on the streetcars for free thanks to the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Management District, and the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in downtown.

The rides will be free courtesy of these sponsors for the rest of the summer through Labor Day 2019. Until then, riders may continue to purchase tickets by using the farebox inside any streetcar (exact change of $1.50 per ride required), at any of the seven ticket vending machines throughout the route or Sun Metro transit centers.

The hours of operation are: Sunday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., and Thursday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.  For more information about El Paso Streetcar, epstreetcar.com or call (915) 212-3333.

For more information on the trolleys, follow them via their Facebook page or via Instagram.

Sun Metro extends Streetcar Summer Schedule hours

Beginning the week of May 13, 2019, the El Paso Streetcar will extend its weekend service hours to meet the needs of summer downtown programming.

“Our purpose is to cater to our riders needs and enhance their quality of life by providing service to the numerous events, countless restaurants and businesses, along the streetcar route,”  Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak said. “These extended weekend hours will ensure our residents and visitors have a safe and efficient transit option in the downtown and uptown areas while enjoying late night events.”

The new schedule will include service up to 3:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

“The streetcar provides another option for visitors to enjoy the different entertainment opportunities in the downtown arts district, such as live music and festivals. We will be announcing special programming for the summer that will encourage more people to hop on the streetcar,” said Tracey Jerome, Managing Director, Museums and Cultural Affairs, Libraries and Tourism.

Riders should be aware that the last streetcar departing from the Maintenance and Storage Facility (Santa Fe and 4th Street) on Sunday – Wednesday will be at 11:22 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday at 2:24 a.m.

The full figure eight ride takes approximately 45 minutes including pick up and drop off.

The streetcar offers 27 stops connecting Downtown El Paso to Glory Road Transit Center. The route features two loops that interconnect an international bridge, an array of museums and restaurants, the baseball park, historic neighborhoods, and the University of Texas at El Paso among many other prominent locations.

Tickets can be purchased using the farebox inside any streetcar (exact change of $1.50 per ride required) or at any of the ticket vending locations throughout the route and Sun Metro transit centers. Student, military, senior citizens, and other discounts available.

Beginning Week of May 13, Streetcar Summer Extended Schedule

  • Sunday through Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (Midnight)
  • Thursday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Current Streetcar Summer Schedule

  • Sunday through Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (Midnight)
  • Thursday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

For more information visit the streetcar website.

Inauguration Ceremony Officially Restarts El Paso Streetcar Service Friday

On Friday morning, the City of El Paso will inaugurate the long-awaited El Paso Streetcar service.

The launch ceremony will feature three different color schemes of the newly restored Presidents Conference Committee (PCC) Streetcars and the inaugural first dignitary ride.

“This is a step towards a historic transformation for El Paso,” Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak said. “The city will be seeing a new mode of transportation system as the El Paso Streetcar adds another viable transit option for residents and visitors.”

The public will be able to ride starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9. The service will be free on grand opening weekend (November 9, 10 & 11) and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until January 6th.

Monday through Thursday Streetcar fares will mirror Sun Metro’s current fare structure. Visit the Streetcar website for full fare details or call (915) 212-3333.

During grand opening weekend, the Streetcars will only service six stops:

  • Santa Fe at Fourth
  • Franklin at El Paso
  • Stanton at Cincinnati
  • Glory Road Transfer Center
  • Oregon at Missouri
  • Kansas at Mills

Beginning Monday, November 12, 2018, the El Paso Streetcar will service all 27 stops along its 4.8 mile route. A listing of all stops along the Downtown and Uptown loops is available online or by calling (915) 212-3333.

City officials added, “The El Paso Streetcar route highlights all the wonderful things that make El Paso downtown and uptown a unique place to visit.”

The 4.8 mile-route will run in two loops through El Paso’s uptown and downtown areas. Both loops will interconnect through a single-tracked corridor an international bridge, an array of businesses, restaurants, government buildings, convention center, downtown ballpark, and the University of Texas at El Paso among many other prominent locations.

Streetcar Amenities

The El Paso Streetcar amenities feature:

  • Seating for approximately 35 people and additional space for standing riders
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • ADA accessibility
  • Bike racks
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Upgrades for safety
  • Modern propulsion
  • Streetcar branding along the route and signage at designated stops
  • Pavement, sidewalk and driveway improvements at designated stops

Ceremony details for Friday:

WHO:            City of El Paso and Sun Metro

WHAT:          Streetcar Inauguration Ceremony

WHEN:          11:00 a.m. Friday, November 9, 2018

WHERE:        Franklin Street, between Santa Fe and Oregon

The El Paso streetcars are back…#EPstreetcar

Posted by El Paso Streetcar on Thursday, November 8, 2018

Fifth Trolley – 1st One with Orange/Green/White Livery- Returns Home Sunday

The first of El Paso’s restored vintage PCC streetcars bearing the iconic orange, green and white will return to El Paso this weekend.

Car No. 1515 will be the fifth car out of six which will be renovated as part of the project.

According to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, car 1515 will be unloaded on Sunday, October 14, 2018, following the 1,800-mile trip from Pennsylvania to El Paso.

Members of the public will not be able to access the streetcar at this time.

The truck that is carrying Car No. 1515 is expected to enter Downtown El Paso accompanied by an escort and travel to Father Rahm Avenue where it will be unloaded.

To accommodate that operation, Father Rahm Avenue will be closed between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street beginning Saturday, October 13, 2018, the night prior to its arrival. On-street parking will be prohibited.

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

CRRMA officials ask that motorists, pedestrian and cyclists to avoid the area if possibl, and use extreme caution and expect delays if travel in the area cannot be avoided.

El Paso’s Trolleys to Begin Pre-Revenue Service Tuesday

The El Paso Streetcars will begin what officials call “Pre-Revenue Service” on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. This is the next step for Sun Metro before it can launch the streetcar service for the public.

The pre-revenue operation referred to as a “dress rehearsal” will emulate the proposed hours the streetcar will run on the Downtown and Uptown loops and it will do so without a safety escort.

The City will enforce all traffic ordinances that could potentially stop the streetcar from operating. Vehicles that are parked on the streetcar tracks or impede the streetcar from moving forward, will be fined and towed.

During this period, streetcar staff will operate the proposed schedule with no passengers on board to evaluate everything from streetcar speeds to roundtrip times, as well as other items. This will ensure the streetcars are safe for public use.

City officials add “It’s important that the streetcars be allowed to operate throughout the route with no blocks or delays during the pre-revenue service period.”

Here are a few important safety tips for residents to keep in mind:

  • DO NOT board the streetcar even if the doors open at a station during this testing phase.
  • Avoid driving in the “Bus Lane” along Oregon, designated strictly for Streetcar and Bus use, unless a right-hand turn is necessary.
  • Motorists should not go around or cut off the streetcar. The streetcar can start moving unexpectedly. If a streetcar is stopped for an extended period of time due to an interruption, it will turn on hazard lights (four-way flashers), indicating that is OK to go around it.
  • Pedestrians should exercise extra caution around the streetcar.  Even at posted un-signalized crosswalks, the streetcar cannot make abrupt stops.
  • Cyclists should avoid riding near streetcar tracks. Track grooves are slightly wider than the typical bike tire, so it’s easy for tires to become caught between the rails. Always cross rails at a 90 degree angle.

For more information about El Paso Streetcar safety, go online or call (915) 212-3333

Hours of Operations:

DAYS HOURS
Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Overnight Streetcar Testing Begins Along Uptown Loop on Monday Night

As part of the El Paso Streetcar Project, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority will begin on-street testing on the Uptown Loop on the night of Monday, July 9, 2018.

No street closures will be required at this time. However, motorists, pedestrian and cyclists are encouraged to used extra caution and allow extra time if travelling along the route during testing.

Additionally, vehicles blocking the tracks are subject to be towed at their owner’s expense.

The Uptown Loop includes Stanton Street, Baltimore Drive, Glory Road, Oregon Street and Franklin Avenue. Overnight on-street testing will also continue on the Downtown Loop which includes Franklin Avenue, Kansas Street, Father Rahm Avenue and Santa Fe Street as well.

Officials add, “As always, all overhead lines along the streetcar route should always be considered to be energized…residents should never touch the wires or have anything touching the wires.”

To learn more about the testing phase, click here

Streetcar Work to Cause Intermittent Lane, Sidewalk Closures Along Route

Officials with the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority say motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should expect intermittent lane and sidewalk closures along the El Paso Streetcar route over the next several weeks.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will be stringing wire along Glory Road and Baltimore Drive across Mesa Street. This work will only require intermittent lane closures throughout the day and will include a police escort.

Other work will take place along the 4.8 mile route which includes Franklin Avenue, Kansas Street, Father Rahm Avenue and Santa Fe Street in the coming weeks.

Crews will continue overhead wire work, curb, gutter and sidewalk work. These closures will be completed with minimal disruption to the travelling public.

Those travelling in the area should follow all marked detours and/or instruction from law enforcement who will be directing traffic.

Overnight Streetcar Testing to Close South Kansas Street Tuesday, Wednesday nights

Kansas Street is scheduled to be closed to all traffic between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue beginning at approximately 10 pm on Tuesday, May 8, and again on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue will also be closed at Kansas Street.  All streets are scheduled to re-open by 6 am on the following day.

These overnight closures are needed to accommodate testing related to the El Paso Streetcar Project. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are asked to avoid the area if possible during testing.

Temporarily parking restrictions have been marked along Kansas Street and will remain in effect through Thursday.

Streetcar’s Overhead Wire Installation Underway on Uptown Loop

Even with one trolley already on the rails, Crews with Paso del Norte Trackworks continue to install the infrastructure for the streetcar lines.

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should expect intermittent lane and sidewalk closures along Stanton Street, Oregon Street, Glory Road and Baltimore Drive over the next month as crews complete overhead wire installation for the El Paso Streetcar Project on the Uptown Loop.

Installation on the uptown loop will begin on Stanton Street and Oregon Street south of Crosby Avenue. When work is completed there, crews will move north of Crosby, including work on Glory Road and Baltimore Drive.

This work will require minimal lane closures usually lasting only a few hours each and is scheduled to be completed in mid-May

Officials with the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority remind residents that overhead wires, which will power the streetcars, carry 650 DC volts and should always be considered to be energized.

Overhead wires have already been installed on the Downtown Loop including Franklin Avenue, Kansas Street, Father Rahm Avenue and Santa Fe Street.

 

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.

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