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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.

First of Six PCC Trolleys Headed Back 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 scheduled to be back in the Sun City next week, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Because of weather, traffic and other unpredictable variables outside of its control, a day-by-day itinerary for Car No. 1506’s travel is unavailable.

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

Officials add that members of the public will not be able to access the streetcar upon its arrival. The CRRMA and the City of El Paso will soon announce public events to celebrate the streetcar’s homecoming.

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 PCC streetcars left El Paso on November 12 and December 10, 2015, bound for extensive renovation by Brookville Equipment Corporation in Brookville, Pa.

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, you’ll see streetcars running along the 4.8 mile route but you 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.

Two-Day Lane Restrictions Set For Mesa-Glory Road-Baltimore Intersection

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will encounter lane restrictions for approximately 48 hours days during the week of November 6 as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks complete final paving of the intersection of Mesa Street, Glory Road and Baltimore Drive.

PHASE I: Beginning at 9pm on Monday, November 6, 2017 and lasting approximately 24 hours, northbound and southbound traffic on Mesa Street will be reduced to a single outside lane in each direction.

Baltimore and Glory closed to thru traffic at Mesa. Only right turns will be permitted to and from Mesa Street, Glory Road and Baltimore Drive.

PHASE II: Upon completion of that phase, northbound and southbound traffic on Mesa Street will be switched to a single inside lane in each direction for approximately 24 hours.

Turns to and from Mesa Street, Glory Road and Baltimore Drive will not be permitted.

This final paving work will yield a smoother, permanent surface for motorists on Mesa Street as they cross the rails which were recently installed on Glory Road and Baltimore Drive as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

Video+Story: Striping set Soon for Stanton Street

Stanton Street will look dramatically different in the coming weeks, as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks begin final striping work there which includes the final striping for the railway, roadway, and the installation of the region’s first-ever two-way protected bikeway.

The designs for Stanton Street’s new railway, roadway and bikeway were initially presented to members of the public at open houses held at Cathedral High School and the Don Haskins Center.

The bikeway, which is being installed as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project, will accommodate north-south bike traffic along the eastern side of Stanton Street between Arizona Avenue and Baltimore Drive.

It will include special signs, signals, pavement markings and delineators for cyclists.

To accommodate this work, beginning on Monday, October 16, 2017, parking will not be permitted on the eastern curb of Stanton Street between Arizona and Baltimore. In addition to delivering bilingual fliers door-to-door, signs and other markings will be in place to ensure motorists are aware of the parking regulations.

“The CRRMA exists to benefit the traveling public within the El Paso region through the development of additional transportation alternatives, including options like the El Paso Streetcar Project and the new bikeway along Stanton Street,” said CRRMA Executive Director Raymond Telles.

“As the placement of the tracks and bikeway are new additions to the area, we encourage motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to use extra caution traveling along Stanton Street in the coming weeks as we all get used the street’s new layout.”

While cyclists may be eager to use the bikeway as soon as the first markings go up, the CRRMA is also asking cyclists to refrain from using the bikeway until it is complete and officially open to the public.

The two-way protected bike lane being installed on Stanton Street is an innovative solution developed by the CRRMA and City of El Paso, which helps the City in its effort to achieve the goals established in its Comprehensive Bike Plan.

For more information, please contact the El Paso Streetcar Project directly at (844) 252-RAIL.

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
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