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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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Kansas Street closure moves south as El Paso Streetcar project advances

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has announced that crews have completed utility relocation work on Kansas Street between Main Street and San Antonio Avenue.

Some lanes of Kansas Street will reopen between Main and San Antonio on Friday, however motorists are encouraged to continue using alternate routes.

Starting on Friday, January 15, 2016, Kansas Street will be closed to traffic from Texas Avenue to San Antonio Avenue to allow crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks to relocate utility lines there in preparation for construction of the El Paso Streetcar Project. As part of this closure, Myrtle Street will be closed to traffic at Kansas. Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will remain open to thru traffic at Kansas Street expect for short closures which will be required to finalize utility tie-ins.

As Kansas Street carries tens of thousands of vehicles a day from Interstate 10 to downtown destinations including El Paso City Hall, the El Paso County Courthouse, and the Federal Courthouse, motorists who use Kansas Street are advised to expect delays and follow all marked detours.

Additionally, they are encouraged 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.

During all closures, appropriate traffic control measures will be in place in impacted areas. Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists should also allow additional time to travel in these areas and are asked to observe all signs, barricades, and detours.

Work Planned at Other Locations

  • North Stanton Street is presently closed to northbound and southbound traffic between River Avenue and Arizona Avenue. That closure is also expected to move south in the coming weeks.
  • Later this month, crews expect to close lanes on Oregon Street near Glory Road.

Work Underway at Other Locations

  • Father Rahm Avenue is closed to westbound traffic from Mesa Street to Santa Fe Street.
  • Father Rahm Avenue is closed to eastbound and westbound traffic from Kansas Street to Mesa Street.
  • El Paso Electric (EPE) has finished installing all of the planned distribution poles on the north side of Father Rahm Ave. EPE will complete wire work from Santa Fe St. to Campbell St. on Sunday, January 17, 2016 and begin transferring equipment and services along Father Rahm through the end of January.
  • South Stanton Street is closed to northbound and southbound traffic at Father Rahm Avenue.

Residents, businesses, and schools will maintain access at all times during construction. The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority is coordinating directly with those impacted.

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Complete closure of Kansas Street begins Monday for Streetcar work

Kansas Street in Downtown El Paso will be closed to all traffic between Main Drive and Texas Avenue beginning on Monday, January 11, 2016. As part of the closure, Mills Avenue will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic at Kansas.

The closure is necessary to allow crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks to begin relocating utilities related to the El Paso Streetcar project.

Kansas Street carries tens of thousands of vehicles a day from Interstate 10 to downtown destinations including El Paso City Hall, the El Paso County Courthouse, and the Federal Courthouse. Motorists who use Kansas Street are advised to expect delays and follow all marked detours. Additionally, they are encouraged to consider the following alternate routes:

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

During all closures, appropriate traffic control measures will be in place in impacted areas. Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists should also allow additional time to travel in these areas and are asked to observe all signs, barricades, and detours.

Other road closures related to the streetcar project are already in place at the following locations:

  • Father Rahm Avenue is closed to westbound traffic from Mesa Street to Santa Fe Street.
  • Father Rahm Avenue is closed to eastbound and westbound traffic from Kansas Street to Mesa Street.
  • South Stanton Street is closed to northbound and southbound traffic at Father Rahm Avenue.
  • North Stanton Street is closed to northbound and southbound traffic between River Avenue and Arizona Avenue.

Closures will last approximately four to six weeks. Other closures along these and other corridors are planned in future phases.

Residents, businesses, and schools will maintain access at all times during construction. The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority is coordinating directly with those impacted. For more information, the CRRMA has the following resources for residents:

  • Click here to sign-up for regular construction updates delivered to your email inbox.
  • Like the El Paso Streetcar on Facebook.
  • Call the bilingual project information line: (844) 252-RAIL.

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Street work begins on El Paso Streetcar Project

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

This work will include:  (i) potholing on Stanton and Father Rahm Streets;  (ii) a temporary sidewalk realignment at Sun Metro’s Bert Williams Downtown Transfer Center;  (iii) the relocation of a bus stop; and (iv) utility relocation work by Texas Gas Service.

Paso Del Norte Trackworks (PDNT), the CRRMA’s Project contractor, will begin preliminary work (potholing) on the Project from Monday, December 7, 2015 through Friday, December 18, 2015; however, there will be no construction activities from PDNT between December 19, 2015and January 3, 2015 for the holiday break. PDNT’s work on the Project will resume on Monday, January 4, 2015.

Potholing is a process used to locate underground utilities. The process involves setting up daily traffic control, saw cutting and removing a 2’x2’ square of the existing roadway, excavating and locating the utility with a vacuum type truck, mapping all found utilities with GPS equipment, backfilling the hole, sweeping the work area clean of debris, and patching the removed asphalt.

It is estimated that PDNT will complete all potholing work by January 22, 2015.

Day Time Potholing Work

When:            Monday, December 7, 2015 through December 11, 2015. These activities will resume on January 4th, 2016.

Where:             Stanton Street between River and Franklin

Details:         Crews will be conducting potholing work, resulting in temporary lane closures on Stanton Street between 7:00am and 3:30pm. Crews will begin work at River and work their way down to Franklin.

Overnight Potholing Work

When:           Monday, December 14, 2015 through December 18, 2015.

Where:          Father Rahm between Santa Fe and S. Kansas

Details:      Crews will be conducting potholing work, resulting in temporary lane closures on Father Rahm between 7:00pm and 5:00am.

Temporary Sidewalk Realignment at the Downtown Transfer Center (601 Santa Fe)

When:            Monday, December 7, 2015 (single day operation)

Where:           Santa Fe Street at Fourth Street, adjacent to the Downtown Transfer Center

Details:          Bus lane section will be replaced with a temporary sidewalk.

Sun Metro Bus Stop Relocation

When:           Starting Monday, December 7, 2015

Where:          Downtown Transfer Center located at the corner of Santa Fe and Fourth St.

Details:        Sun Metro BAY K (located south of Fourth St.) will be relocated to BAY P (located north of Fourth St.).

Utility Relocation Activities:

*The following information is being provided courtesy of Texas Gas Service (TGS).

Third Street will remain closed through December 18, 2015.

Glory Road will be open by noon on Saturday, December 5th, 2015.

TGS work on North Stanton Street will be completed in phases.  Work at North Stanton Street and East Robinson Avenue will be completed first, and then work on North Stanton Street and East University Avenue will be completed.

TGS will begin work on North Stanton Street from Rim through Nevada on Monday, December 14, 2015. The intersections at Stanton and Rim Road and East Stanton Street and East Hague Road will have full closures. There will be temporary lane closures at Stanton and Nevada and traffic control will be set up to allow for two-way traffic.

All work along North Stanton Street is expected to be completed by the end of December, barring any unforeseeable delays.

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Historic trolleys begin long journey back to service

Three of El Paso’s historic Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars began rolling again today as they started their journey on the back of flatbed trucks bound for Western Pennsylvania where they will be restored before being returned to service on the streets of Downtown El Paso.

“The El Paso Streetcar Project will provide another mobility option in our fast-growing downtown, historic neighborhoods, and institutions of higher learning,” said Michael Herrera, assistant director of Sun Metro, the City of El Paso’s Mass Transit Department. “The streetcar project will also serve as another catalyst to drive economic development in the historic core of the city.”

t1On Thursday morning, crane operators from Alliance Rigging and Construction of El Paso hoisted three of the art deco-inspired street cars onto trucks operated by Silk Road Transportation from Archport, N.Y. Silk Road will transport the cars to Brookville Equipment, Corp., in Brookville, Penn.

The street cars served Downtown El Paso for decades – even carrying passengers to and from Ciudad Juárez – until the 1970s when service was discontinued and the tracks were removed. They have been stored at the El Paso International Airport ever since.

This project is funded by a $97 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to remanufacture the PCC cars and construct the 4.8-mile line which will serve Downtown, South El Paso, and the University of Texas at El Paso. Construction will be managed by the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA). After construction, operation of the line will be managed by Sun Metro.

The CRRMA reported to City Council earlier this week that work is already underway on some utility work related to the project. Construction activity will begin on El Paso streets in January 2016, according to the CRRMA.

Additional street cars will be transported to Brookville for restoration at a later date.

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