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Streetcar No. 1504 Arrives This Weekend, Wearing Vintage Green-on-Green Colors

The third of El Paso’s newly-renovated streetcars is set to return home to the Sun City this weekend, replete in a very vintage color combination.

Car No. 1504 will arrive at approximately 10am on Sunday, July 15, 2018, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.  The exact arrival time is subject to change without notice due to weather, traffic and/or other conditions beyond the CRRMA’s control.

1504 is part of the fleet of streetcars which ran in El Paso until 1974, and is the third of six vintage Presidents Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars to be refurbished and modernized as part of the $97 million El Paso Streetcar Project.

Each of the six streetcars will be painted in one of three vintage color schemes from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Car No. 1504 is the first to debut the green-on-green color scheme which was originally used on the El Paso streetcars during the 1960s.

The two streetcars that previously made their way back to El Paso featured a red-on-green color scheme.

The truck that is carrying Car No. 1504 will 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, July 14, 2018, the night prior to its arrival. It will re-open as soon as the unloading operation is complete.

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.

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

Motorists, pedestrian and cyclists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible. Use extreme caution and expect delays if travel in the area cannot be avoided.

The CRRMA will continue testing of the streetcars and the streetcar rail and electrical system to ensure the system is safe before Sun Metro begins operating the service for the public. In the coming weeks, residents will continue to see streetcars running along the 4.8 mile route but  won’t be able to board. Exact dates of testing are not available.

Below are some important tips to remember as we welcome the third 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.

Sun Metro Hosting Streetcar Unveiling Event Thursday

On Thursday morning City of El Paso and Sun Metro are inviting the public to the El Paso Streetcar unveiling event to get a first-hand look at the future of transit and behind-the-scenes access to the new streetcar maintenance facility.

“This is a chance to be among the first El Pasoans to view the El Paso Streetcar,” Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak said. “The historic streetcar, once a staple of the Sun City’s public transportation system, will be riding through city streets again thanks in part to a collaboration between the City of El Paso and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.”

Two of the six vehicles have arrived in El Paso from Brookville, Pennsylvania, where they were restored. The remaining four vehicles will be delivered in the coming months.

All six vehicles will undergo a four-to-six-month safety approval process that includes on-street testing at night and during the daytime hours.

Streetcar officials add, “The community is asked to please follow safety guidelines for pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists during testing phases.”

Service is expected to start in late 2018.

 

The El Paso Streetcar amenities will feature:

  • Streetcar branding along the route and signage at designated stops
  • Pavement, sidewalk and driveway improvements at designated stops
  • Free Wi-Fi on the streetcars
  • Modern controls housed in an old-fashioned console
  • Upgrades for safety, air conditioning, and ADA provisions
  • Modern propulsion

WHO:             City of El Paso Mass Transit Department – Sun Metro

WHAT:          Streetcar Unveiling Event

WHEN:          10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018

WHERE:        Maintenance and Storage Facility at 601-A Santa Fe

Streetcar Workers to Energize Uptown Streetcar Wires on Monday

As part of the testing phase for the El Paso Streetcar Project, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) will soon energize the Overhead Contact System (OCS) along the Uptown Loop.

Beginning on Monday, June 18, 2018, OCS wires along the Uptown Loop — including Franklin Avenue, Stanton Street, Baltimore Drive, Glory Road and Oregon Street — will be fully energized with up to 650-volts DC.

CRMMA officials warn, “From this point forward, all streetcar lines should always be considered to be energized. Never touch the wires or anything touching the wires.”

During testing next week, motorists may also notice specially outfitted trucks which will ride the route with a police escort testing the wires. OCS system testing is expected to have a minimal impact on motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

OCS wires along the Downtown Loop, including Franklin Avenue, Kansas Street, Father Rahm Avenue and Santa Fe Street remain fully energized as well.

Before the City of El Paso begins operating the service for the public, the CRRMA will undertake several months of rigorous testing of the El Paso Streetcar Project to ensure the system is safe and operating as expected. That includes testing elements of the OCS such as power substations and overhead lines which will power the streetcars.

Overnight Closure of South Kansas Street Set for Tuesday Night for Streetcar Testing

Officials with the streetcar project will again be testing the new cars Tuesday night, and some Downtown streets will be closed.

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 15, 2018, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA).

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.

CRRMA officials add that temporarily parking restrictions have been marked along Kansas Street and will remain in effect through Wednesday.

Closures, Parking Restrictions Return as City Preps for Arrival of Second Streetcar

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority has announced the following traffic impacts for the weekend, related to the delivery of Streetcar No. 1512.

Streetcar No. 1512 will have the same red and green color scheme as Streetcar No. 1506 which was delivered to El Paso a few weeks ago.

As part of the El Paso Streetcar Project, six vintage Presidents Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars are being restored by Brookville Equipment Corporation in Brookville, Pn., before being returned to service in El Paso.

  • On-street parking will be prohibited on Father Rahm Avenue between Santa Fe Street and El Paso Street beginning on Friday, April 27, 2018.
  • Father Rahm Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Santa Fe Street and El Paso Street beginning on the morning of Sunday, April 29, 2018.
  • The street is expected to re-open and all parking restrictions are expected to be lifted by Sunday afternoon.

Downtown Streetcar Route Work to Close Portion of Kansas Wednesday

Downtown commuters should plan a little extra time on Wednesday morning as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will close one lane of Kansas Street between Mills Avenue and Texas Avenue.

The closure of the southbound, right-hand lane is necessary to allow crews to remove a foundation for a traffic light which was replaced as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

According to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, the work is scheduled to begin at 9am on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, and is expected to be complete in less than 24 hours.

Some crosswalks, sidewalks and on-street parking in the area will be impacted as well. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should obey all signs, signals and barricades.

Kansas Street of thousands of vehicles each day from Interstate 10 to downtown destinations including El Paso City Hall, the El Paso County Courthouse, the Federal Courthouse and downtown office buildings.

Motorists who use Kansas Street are advised to consider the following alternate routes:

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

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.

Initial Testing Phase of El Paso Streetcar Electrical Components Begins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Crews Set to Put Finishing Touches on Street Work, Turn Attention to OCS Installation

As crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks turn their focus toward overhead power systems, they’re also finishing up minor street and sidewalk work at various sections along the 4.8 mile route.

That work will require a handful of lane restrictions and street closures over the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Yandell Drive will be reduced to a single westbound lane at Stanton Street so crews can make adjustments to water valves in the street; Also at this time, Stanton Street will be closed to thru traffic between Yandell Drive and Montana Avenue and an eastbound lane on Montana Avenue will be closed at Stanton.

During the morning commute, these closures will impact motorists who use the Mesa Street exit off of I-10 westbound to access Downtown. Motorists should consider using Cotton Street to Texas Avenue to access downtown.

In the evening commute, these closures will impact motorists who use Yandell Drive to access I-10 westbound and those who use northbound Stanton Street to leave the Downtown area.

Motorists should consider Santa Fe Street or Campbell Street as alternate routes out of Downtown.

These closures will be in effect for 24 hours only meaning impacted streets will re-open on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Stanton Street and Oregon Street will close for approximately one week between Yandell Drive and Wyoming Avenue. This closure is anticipated in early September, but an exact date has not been announced.

The closure is necessary to allow crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks to place the final sealant on specially formulated concrete recently used to adjust the driving surface of the bridges to match the height of the newly installed rail.

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks continue stringing wire for the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) at various locations throughout the 4.8 mile route of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

This work is done with a police escort. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution around this work.

El Pasoans Invited to ‘Make Your Mark’ on Final Rail for El Paso Streetcar Project

But for a section about 25 feet long, all rail for the El Paso Streetcar Project has been placed along the entire 4.8 mile route stretching from South El Paso to Downtown to the Kern Place/UTEP area.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, El Pasoans are invited to take a few moments out of their day to stop-in and sign what will be the very last piece of rail which will be placed as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

“In the coming weeks, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will weld that final piece of rail into place signifying the end of major construction work for this project,” said Raymond Telles, executive director of the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

“However, that doesn’t mean the streetcars are ready to roll just yet — crews must continue work on the overhead system which will power the streetcars which are still being renovated in Brookville, Penn. When those streetcars return later this year, we’ll begin a 6-12 month testing phase which must be completed before the City of El Paso is able to begin streetcar service,” Telles added.

The CRRMA will have special markers and commemorative giveaways available in the 500 Block of North Stanton Street in Downtown El Paso between 10am and 1pm.

Video: New Images Released of El Paso Trolley Restoration

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has released new photos of the historic streetcars which are being restored for the rigors of daily service by experts at Brookville Equipment Corporation in Brookville, Penn.

More than 1,900 miles from the street reconstruction, utility relocation, and rail welding of the El Paso Streetcar Project, the vintage vehicles which will roll again through Sun City streets are undergoing a transformation of their own.

In late 2015, six of El Paso’s classic Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars were taken to Brookville, Pennsylvania.  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.

To read previous articles about the PCC cars, click HERE.

 

Streetcar Work at Kansas Street, Texas and San Antonio Avenues Complete; Crews Continue Work Elsewhere

Commuters can expect relief on two major thoroughfares in Downtown El Paso beginning Friday, March 31st.

At the same time, residents of the Kern Place, Rim Road and Alexander neighborhoods can expect to see an uptick in construction activities along the northern stretch of the El Paso Streetcar Project’s 4.8 mile route, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will re-open to east-west at Kansas Street on Friday, March 31, 2017. Both streets had been closed for several weeks as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks fully reconstructed the intersections after laying rail for the El Paso Streetcar project.

With Texas Avenue open, Eastside commuters seeking an alternate route can once again get off of I-10 at Exit 20/Cotton Street and turn right on Texas, travelling east to Downtown destinations.

Commuters can also expect some relief on Kansas Street in the coming weeks. While some lane restrictions must remain in place as crews continue work on curb ramps and other concrete work, Kansas will re-open to three southbound lanes between Main Drive and Texas Avenue and re-open to two southbound lanes between Texas Avenue and Overland Avenue during the week of April 10.

Motorists, pedestrian and cyclists should use extra caution along North Stanton Street next week as crews will be paving Stanton between Baltimore Drive and Crosby Avenue beginning on Monday, April 3, 2017.Police officers will be on-scene to assist drivers as they navigate around machinery.

This paving work will allow crews to reopen North Stanton Street to north-south traffic between Baltimore Drive and Cincinnati Avenue during the week of April 10. Baltimore Drive will temporarily re-open to east-west traffic at this time. 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.

The following cross-streets remain closed to thru traffic between Stanton Street and Mesa Street: Baltimore Drive, Boston Avenue, Blanchard Avenue, Hague Road, Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive and Rio Grande Avenue.

Franklin Avenue remains reduced to a single eastbound lane in Downtown El Paso as crews lay some of the most complex portions of rail on the entire 4.8 mile route. Franklin Avenue includes two switching mechanisms, which will allow streetcars to connect between the Uptown and Downtown loops.

While most work will be completed within the current lane closures, the following single night closures will be required as crews pour concrete on Franklin Avenue:

  • Franklin Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Oregon Street and Stanton Street from 11pm onThursday, March 30, and 6am on Friday, March 31, 2017.
  • Franklin Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Mesa Street and Kansas Street from 11pm onTuesday, April 4, and 6am on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Stanton Street also remains closed to thru traffic between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue. In the coming weeks, this closure will move north to between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue.

Crews have reschedule work to paint newly installed columns and place atop them in the median of Interstate 10 in Downtown El Paso. While originally planned as overnight lane closures, this work will require a single overnight closure of I-10 beginning at 9pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017. The freeway will re-open to traffic before the morning commute on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Eastbound traffic will detour onto Wyoming Avenue at the Downtown exit while westbound traffic will detour onto Yandell Drive via the Mesa Street exit.

As work continues throughout the 4.8 mile route, the following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of April 3, 2017:

Complete Closures

  • Glory Road between Oregon Street and Mesa Street
  • Baltimore Drive between Mesa Street and Stanton Street
  • Santa Fe Street between 4th Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue (Open to southbound traffic only)

Lane Restrictions

  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Nevada Avenue
  • Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and San Antonio Avenue

Other Upcoming Work

Rail must be laid across Interstate 10 on the Stanton Street and Oregon Street overpasses. Because of the specialized material which is being used in this phase, complete simultaneous closures will be necessary. The exact date for this work has not yet been determined.

Rail must also be laid across Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive. While tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-June, exact dates for this work have not been determined.

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Video+ Story: Streetcar Work Accelerates in Downtown, New Lane Restrictions, Street Closures

As work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project accelerates in Downtown El Paso, commuters will encounter new lane restrictions on Kansas Street and Wyoming Avenue and a new complete closure of Oregon Street this week.

Beginning on Monday, August 8, 2016, one lane of Wyoming Avenue will be closed between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street for underground utility work. This lane restriction will impact motorists who use Exit 19/Downtown from eastbound Interstate 10. Motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes into Downtown including Exit 18B/Porfirio Diaz Street.

Then on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Kansas Street will be reduced to two lanes between Franklin Avenue and San Antonio Avenue. This closure is necessary as crews work on foundations for the Overhead Contact System which will power the streetcars. Motorists who use Exit 19B/Downtown from westbound I-10 to access El Paso City Hall, the El Paso County Courthouse, and other downtown offices should consider alternate routes such as Exit 20/Cotton Street or César Chávez Border Highway (Loop 375) into Downtown.

Finally on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Oregon Street will be closed to all traffic between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue for utility work. Marked detours will be in place to assist motorists as they avoid this closure. Alternate routes include Mesa Street and Campbell Street. Lane restrictions which are currently in place within this block are not related to the El Paso Streetcar Project.

Stanton Street remains closed to all traffic between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue for utility work. As part of this closure, lane restrictions will remain in place along Missouri Avenue at Stanton Street for utility work.

Motorists who use Exit 19B/Downtown from westbound I-10 are encouraged to consider alternate routes such as Exit 20/Cotton Street or César Chávez Border Highway (Loop 375) into Downtown.

As work continues through the 4.8 mile route, the following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of August 8:

Complete Closures:

  • Santa Fe Street between Third Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue (weeknights 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.)
  • Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue (including intersections)
  • Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street (excluding intersections)
  • Crosby Avenue between Oregon Street and Stanton Street (excluding intersections)
  • Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Glory Road (open to northbound traffic only)
  • Hauge Road west of Oregon Street
  • Rim Road west of Oregon Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Loop 375
  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Schuster Avenue
  • Franklin Avenue at Oregon Street
  • Oregon Street at Father Rahm Avenue
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue

Much of the work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project cannot be completed during or immediately following heavy rain. As monsoon moisture moves into the Desert Southwest, occasional unanticipated changes in scheduled construction activities may take place.

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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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