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CRRMA Completes Construction on El Paso Streetcar Project

After more than two years of work, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has completed its construction activities on the El Paso Streetcar Project.

These activities included the construction of a maintenance and storage facility, 4.8 miles of track, various street reconstructions, system fixtures, traction power substations, overhead contact system lines/poles and communication systems. Construction was managed by the CRRMA and performed by Paso del Norte Trackworks which is a joint venture of Granite Construction Company and RailWorks Track Systems, Inc.

“Turning over this newly constructed project infrastructure to the City of El Paso is a key way marker on the decades-long road to bring streetcar service back to El Paso,” said Raymond Telles, executive director of the CRRMA. “As the CRRMA’s role in this project nears its end, I would like to commend the dedicated men and women who worked so hard to get us to this point. I would also like to sincerely thank residents, businesses and institutions along the route who endured a lengthy construction project which was in many cases right in their front yard. I believe that this system and the long term positive impact it will have on our community will be well worth it.”

With construction completed and the shift to operations well underway, the CRRMA is turning over most communication responsibilities to the City of El Paso including the El Paso Streetcar Facebook page and Instagram profile, e-newsletter and project hotline. The CRRMA will continue to provide updates on the remaining streetcar delivery, testing and restoration work.

The movement to restore streetcar service began in the mid-1970s, shortly after El Paso City Lines cancelled its final streetcar service between El Paso and Juárez.

Since then, numerous community activists, city leaders and state officials have worked on various initiatives to bring the streetcar service back. These activities eventually led to the completion of a feasibility study in 2010 which paved the way for then-City Representative Steve Ortega to lead an initiative of the El Paso City Council to fund the design plans for the program in 2012 and then-Chairman Ted Houghton of the Texas Transportation Commission to allocate $97 million to this project in 2014.

The CRRMA is a regional mobility authority (RMA) whose mission is to assist in the establishment of a comprehensive transportation system to directly benefit the traveling public within the El Paso region through the development of additional transportation alternatives.

Other projects involving the CRRMA include the Sun Cycle bike share program, the I-10/Loop 375 Americas Interchange Project in East El Paso, the aesthetic improvements at I-10 and Airway and El Paso County’s 2013 Comprehensive Mobility Plan which includes more than a dozen transportation projects around the county.

“Unique projects like this one are why the CRRMA exists,” Telles said. “When the Texas legislature passed laws allowing for the creation of RMAs, it was with the clear understanding that meeting Texas’ mobility challenges necessitated innovative solutions and a regional approach.”

The CRRMA’s work on the vehicles will continue. Streetcar restoration work is being performed by Brookville Equipment Corporation. To date, three of six restored vintage PCC streetcars have been accepted by the City with two additional vehicles currently undergoing final testing in El Paso. The remaining vehicle is scheduled to return to the City before the end of the year.

While this project was managed by the CRRMA, streetcar operations and maintenance activities will be managed by the City of El Paso’s Sun Metro Mass Transit Department.

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.

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.

 

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