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Sun Metro Staff, Local Agencies to Conduct Emergency Response Exercise on Streetcar

Early Sunday morning, Sun Metro Streetcar Staff, along with City of El Paso first responders, will conduct an El Paso Streetcar Emergency Drill on Franklin Avenue between Oregon Street and Mesa Street to prepare for real-world streetcar operations.

“These drills are important as the streetcar is completely new to the Police and Fire Department, as well as the City of El Paso, and present unique challenges,” says Sun Metro Assistant Director of Streetcar Operations Carl Jackson.

Officials add that the purpose of the exercise is to test operational coordination and preparedness of El Paso Streetcar and first responder personnel in the event of an incident involving a streetcar.

“The exercise will simulate a streetcar accident caused by a collision between an El Paso Streetcar vehicle with passengers and an automobile. Sun Metro Streetcar personnel along with the El Paso Police Department and El Paso Fire Department and EMS will coordinate and practice their evacuation and emergency protocols for dealing with such incident.”

During the drill, there will be significant emergency personnel on-site on Franklin Avenue and residents are advised that this is only a drill and to use caution when traveling along the area of the drill.

This is the first full-scale field exercise for El Paso Streetcar. A minimum of two drills are required annually by the Federal Transit Administration.

The exercise will take place between 6:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

El Paso’s Trolleys to Begin Pre-Revenue Service Tuesday

The El Paso Streetcars will begin what officials call “Pre-Revenue Service” on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. This is the next step for Sun Metro before it can launch the streetcar service for the public.

The pre-revenue operation referred to as a “dress rehearsal” will emulate the proposed hours the streetcar will run on the Downtown and Uptown loops and it will do so without a safety escort.

The City will enforce all traffic ordinances that could potentially stop the streetcar from operating. Vehicles that are parked on the streetcar tracks or impede the streetcar from moving forward, will be fined and towed.

During this period, streetcar staff will operate the proposed schedule with no passengers on board to evaluate everything from streetcar speeds to roundtrip times, as well as other items. This will ensure the streetcars are safe for public use.

City officials add “It’s important that the streetcars be allowed to operate throughout the route with no blocks or delays during the pre-revenue service period.”

Here are a few important safety tips for residents to keep in mind:

  • DO NOT board the streetcar even if the doors open at a station during this testing phase.
  • Avoid driving in the “Bus Lane” along Oregon, designated strictly for Streetcar and Bus use, unless a right-hand turn is necessary.
  • Motorists should not go around or cut off the streetcar. The streetcar can start moving unexpectedly. If a streetcar is stopped for an extended period of time due to an interruption, it will turn on hazard lights (four-way flashers), indicating that is OK to go around it.
  • Pedestrians should exercise extra caution around the streetcar.  Even at posted un-signalized crosswalks, the streetcar cannot make abrupt stops.
  • Cyclists should avoid riding near streetcar tracks. Track grooves are slightly wider than the typical bike tire, so it’s easy for tires to become caught between the rails. Always cross rails at a 90 degree angle.

For more information about El Paso Streetcar safety, go online or call (915) 212-3333

Hours of Operations:

Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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.

Crews start Work on Overhead Catenary System for Trolleys Wednesday

Electrical subcontractors from Paso del Norte Trackworks will set the first of more than 400 poles which will carry power to El Paso’s streetcars this week, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority announced Tuesday.

The poles are part of the Overhead Catenary System — or OCS. Each pole will be placed on one of hundreds of pole foundations, many of which have already been placed along the 4.8 mile route.

The OCS will power the streetcars by carrying electrical DC power through catenary wires above the route. Each streetcar will draw power through an overhead mast mounted on top of the vehicle which makes contact with the overhead catenary electrical wire.

Because foundations have already been placed, this work will proceed relatively quickly — each pole taking between 30 minutes and an hour to place. Therefore, Paso del Norte Trackworks will seek to minimize interruptions to traffic by completing the work utilizing rolling lane closures which will be confined to the immediate work zone.

Motorists and cyclists are urged to use extra caution in these areas. Additionally, pedestrians should be aware that sidewalks will be closed immediately surrounding work zones.

The first poles are being placed this week along Kansas Street in Downtown El Paso. Work is expected to move to Oregon Street near the University of Texas at El Paso next week.

With Streetcar Rail Work Continuing, Portion of Kansas Street Reopens

An important link for commuters and residents in South El Paso is partially reopened, following months of rail work there; Meanwhile, work zones will soon extend near the El Paso County Courthouse and begin on North Stanton Street

One lane of Kansas Street is scheduled to reopen to southbound traffic between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue onFriday, October 21, 2016, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority which is managing construction of the El Paso Streetcar Project. Rail, new concrete paving, new sidewalks and new curb ramps have been installed along this stretch of Kansas Street.

Beginning on Monday, October 24, 2016, current lane restrictions on Kansas Street will extend south to Paisano Drive, meaning Kansas Street will be open to a single southbound lane between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue.

Main Drive, Mills Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will remain closed to thru traffic between Kansas Street and Stanton Street. Texas Avenue will remain reduced to one lane in each direction at Kansas Street.

On Tuesday, October 25, and Wednesday, October 26, 2016, east-west traffic on Texas Avenue will share a single lane and be regulated by a flagger or police officer.

Also on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Overland Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between Kansas Street and Stanton Street.

These closures will remain in place thru January; Myrtle Avenue and First Avenue will remain open to east-west traffic.

Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to traffic between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street as crews work to lay rail in that area ahead of Holiday Shopping Season.

Lane restrictions on El Paso Street will extend north to include the intersection with 4th Avenue on Monday, October 24, 2016,and last for approximately three weeks; 4th Avenue will remain open to east-west traffic.

Lane restrictions remain in place on Santa Fe Street between Montestruc Court and Paisano Drive and on Stanton Street at Father Rahm Avenue. Mesa Street and Oregon Street remain closed to thru traffic between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue.

Oregon Street remains reduced to a single northbound lane between Nevada Avenue and Schuster Avenue. Lane restrictions remain in place on Schuster Avenue at Oregon Street, however, two-way traffic set to switch to north side of intersection on during week of October 24, 2016. California Avenue, Cliff Drive, and River Avenue remain closed immediately west of Oregon.

Additional lane restrictions and closures on Arizona Avenue and Rio Grande Avenue at Oregon Street will be required for underground utility work and are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 31, 2016.

Stanton Street is scheduled to close to thru traffic on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, between Baltimore Drive and Robinson Avenue to finalize utility relocation work. This closure will last approximately three weeks. The intersection of Cincinnati Avenue and Stanton Street will be closed to most traffic; only southbound traffic on Stanton Street will be able to turn right onto westbound Cincinnati Avenue.

After January 1, 2017, complete closures of Stanton Street will be necessary to install rail. Work will begin on Stanton Street at Baltimore Drive and move south

Work At Other Locations

As work continues along the 4.8 mile route, the following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of October 24, 2016:

            Street Closures

  • Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and San Antonio Avenue
  • Overland Avenue and Santa Fe Street
  • Main Drive east of Santa Fe Street
  • Crosby Avenue between Oregon and Stanton Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Santa Fe Street between San Antonio Avenue and Franklin Avenue
  • Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Yandell Drive

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Streetcar Rail Work begins on Santa Fe Street, Lane Restrictions Set for Wednesday

Rail work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project will expand to a third location this week, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority announced Monday.

Beginning on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin preparing to lay rail on Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive. This work includes removing asphalt along the eastern side of the street. When asphalt is removed and the ground has been properly prepared, crews will lay the rail.

As a result, Santa Fe Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Franklin and Paisano starting on Wednesday. Occasional closures of San Antonio Avenue and Overland Avenue at Santa Fe Street will also be required.

Work in this section of the route is to last for approximately ten weeks.

Rail work also continues on Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Glory Road and on Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue.

As other work continues along the El Paso Streetcar Project’s 4.8 mile route, the following traffic patterns remain in place:

Missouri Avenue remains reduced to one westbound lane at Stanton Street. This lane restriction will last for approximately three weeks as crews continue utility relocation work.

While Missouri will remain open, motorists who use Exit19B/Downtown from westbound Interstate 10 should consider turning left on Kansas Street or right on Campbell Street to avoid the lane restrictions. Motorists should also consider using Exit 19A/Mesa Street and Exit 20/Cotton Street.

Stanton Street also remains closed to all traffic between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue. Utility relocation work will continue moving north on Stanton Street in the coming weeks.

Complete Closures

  • Oregon Street between Cincinnati Avenue and Glory Road
  • Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue (open to northbound traffic only)
  • Stanton Street between Mississippi Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue
  • Baltimore Drive between Mesa Street and Kansas Street
  • Crosby Avenue between Stanton Street and Kansas Street
  • Rim Road west of Oregon Street
  • Hague Road west of Oregon Street
  • Main Drive closed at Santa Fe Street
  • Father Rahm Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Main Drive
  • Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street
  • Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and Loop 375
  • Stanton Street between Cliff Drive and Schuster Avenue
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue
  • University Avenue at Oregon Street
  • Schuster Avenue at Oregon Street
  • El Paso Street at Father Rahm Avenue

Other Upcoming Closures and Lane Restrictions

As utility relocation work continues, overnight closures of Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and Third Avenue will be required in the coming weeks. An exact date for this closure has not been announced.

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