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.