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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.

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

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’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.

 

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