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Sun Metro reminds community of Service Improvements, New Brio routes

Sun Metro officials are reminding the community that starting Sunday, September 22, 2019, there will be schedule adjustments to existing routes.

“Two new Brio Systems – Alameda and Dyer – will improve the overall public transit system by providing faster and more effective transportation options that span from the Northeast and Mission Valley to downtown,” Sun Metro officials shared via a news release.

Both Brio Systems will begin on Monday, September 23, 2019.

Alameda and Dyer will be the second and third corridor systems to be activated. Mesa Brio launched in 2014.

“Brio provides riders with improved speed and reliability through traffic signal prioritization for its buses, and offers upgraded amenities such as free WiFi, enhanced pedestrian pathways and lighting, and new branded and landscaped stations,” Sun Metro officials added.

To boost community awareness about the changes Sun Metro will have information booths at all transit centers.

• September 21, 22, 28, 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all Sun Metro Transit Center to reach weekend customers

• September 23–27 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Transit Center & Eastside Transit Center to reinforce schedule changes.

 

Service Improvements: 

The impacted routes are Routes 3, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 51, 52, 53, 55, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 71, 72, 73, 74, Alameda Brio, and Dyer Brio.

For passengers needing special assistance during this transitional period, call (915) 212-3333 and arrangements for alternate transportation and scheduling will be provided.

The complete list along with the route maps are also available online at sunmetro.net.

Route 3 (Downtown / Ysleta Express) will be active Monday-Friday for peak service only (6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.). It will no longer run on Saturdays.

 

Route 7 (Northeast / Mission Valley) will experience a route and schedule change Monday – Sunday with service added to the Stahala/Rutherford area.

Route 10 (Sunset Heights / UTEP) will run less frequently during midday on weekdays and Saturdays. Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 11 (Mesita via Kern Place) Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 13 (Coronado Hills Circulator) will run less frequently midday on weekdays. Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 14 (Westwind) bay change to Bay I at the Downtown Transit Center.

Route 15 (Mesa) will run less frequently midday on weekdays. A morning trip will be added on Saturdays. Bay changes to Bay J at the Downtown Transit Center.

Route 16 (Upper Valley Circulator) will add an inbound trip on Saturdays from the Westside Transfer Center to the Downtown Transit Center. Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 17 (Three Hills NW EPCC / Outlet Shoppes) will experience a minor schedule change adding a trip from Downtown Transit Center to Westside Transit Center on weekdays. Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 19 (Resler Circulator) route and schedule adjustments to now service the Providence Hospital Transmountain Campus, ADP and West Towne Market. Sunday service will be deactivated.

 

Route 20 (Sunland Park Circulator) Sunday service will be deactivated.

 

Route 21 (Chelmont via Raynolds) route and schedule will change to start at UMC and servicing Bassett Place.

Route 22 (Chelmont via Chelsea) the route and schedule will change to start at UMC and servicing Bassett Place.

Route 24 (Delta via Second Ward) Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 25 (University Medical Center) will run less frequently during midday on weekdays and Saturdays. Sunday service will be deactivated.

 

Route 30 (Fort Bliss via Pleasonton) Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 32 (Logan Heights via Piedras) Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 33 (Government Hill via Bassett Place) will run less frequently during midday on weekdays and Saturdays and will now service the Bay E at the Downtown Transit Center. Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 34 (Medical Center via Cliff) will run less frequently during midday for weekday service.

Route 35 (Northgate via Dyer) will experience a minor schedule change Monday – Saturday.

 

Route 36 (Beaumont via Highland) will run less frequently during midday on weekdays. Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 40 (North Hills via Rushing) Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 41 (Northgate via Piedras) will run less frequently during midday weekdays and Saturdays.

Route 42 (Northeast Connector) will be active Monday-Friday for peak service only (6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and will no longer run on weekends.

Route 43 (Montalvo Park via Dyer) the route and schedule will be adjusted to service the park on Copper Town when servicing the Mesquite Hills area. Sunday service will be deactivated.

Route 44 (Sean Haggerty via McCombs) will run less frequently during midday on weekdays and Saturdays.

 

Route 45 (Trans Mountain / EPCC Circulator) route will be deactivated.

Route 46 (Northeast Circulator / Rushing) will experience a route change to now service the Wellington Chew Senior Center Monday – Friday only.

Route 51 (Eastside Terminal / Edgemere) will run less frequently during midday on weekdays and Saturdays.

 

Route 52 (Eastside Terminal / Pebble Hills) will run less frequently during midday on weekdays and Saturdays. Sunday service will be deactivated.

 

Route 53 (Eastside Terminal / Montwood) will run less frequently during midday on weekdays and Saturdays.

 

Route 55 (Eastside Terminal) will run less frequently during midday on weekdays and Saturdays and will service Bay B at the Downtown Transit Center. Sunday service will be deactivated.

 

Route 58 (Montana / Turner) Sunday service will be deactivated.

 

Route 60 (Zaragoza Bridge Circulator) Sunday service will be deactivated.

 

Route 61 (Ysleta via Alameda) will experience a minor schedule change on weekdays and Saturdays.

 

Route 62 (Pasodale via Lakeside) will experience a route and schedule change with service starting from San Antonio (Toltec) Station. This route will no longer service Downtown Transit Center.

 

Route 63 (Loma Terrace via Zaragoza) will run less frequently during midday on weekdays and Saturdays.

 

Route 66 (Lancaster via North Loop) will runs less frequently during midday on weekdays.

 

Route 71 (Trawood) Sunday service will be deactivated.

 

Route 72 (Vista Del Sol) Sunday service will be deactivated.

 

Route 73 (Pellicano) will experience a minor schedule change Monday – Saturday. Sunday service will be deactivated.

 

Route 74 (Rojas) will experience a minor schedule change Monday – Saturday. Sunday service will be deactivated.

 

Alameda Brio will service the Alameda corridor Monday – Saturday.

 

Dyer Brio will service the Dyer corridor Monday – Saturday.

For more information about Sun Metro, call (915) 212-3333, like their Facebook page or follow on Twitter @SunMetro.

City shares Sun Metro Service schedule changes, improvements

Sun Metro will soon introduce two new Brio Systems – Alameda and Dyer – to improve the overall public transit system by providing faster and more effective transportation options that span from the Northeast and Mission Valley to downtown.

To boost community awareness about the changes Sun Metro will have information booths at all transit centers and will host two community meetings.

Alameda and Dyer will be the second and third corridor systems to be activated. Mesa Brio launched in 2014. Brio provides riders with improved speed and reliability through traffic signal prioritization for its buses, and offers upgraded amenities such as free WiFi, enhanced pedestrian pathways and lighting, and new branded and landscaped stations.

Sun Metro will implement schedule adjustments to existing routes to improve efficiencies and minimize the duplication of services as a result of the new Brio services.

The schedule adjustments and service improvements will become effective Sunday, September 22, 2019.  The complete list along with the route maps are also available online at sunmetro.net.

The public is invited to learn more about Brio and other service improvements by attending one of the following events:

Information Booth Dates:

  • September 16-20 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all Sun Metro Transit Centers to reach weekday riders
  • September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all Sun Metro Transit Center to reach weekend customers
  • September 23–27 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Transit Center & Eastside Transit Center to reinforce schedule changes

Community Meeting Dates:

  • September 17 at 6 p.m. at the Northgate Transit Center, 9347 Diana Drive
  • September 18 at 6 p.m. at the Mission Valley Transit Center, 9065 Dyer

Service Improvements:

The impacted routes are Routes 3, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 51, 52, 53, 55, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 71, 72, 73, 74, Alameda Brio, and Dyer Brio.

For more information about Sun Metro, call (915) 212-3333. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/sunmetro or follow us on Twitter @SunMetro

Library, Sun Metro partner on “Streetcar Read Along” event Sunday

As part of the El Paso Public Library Summer Reading Program, the library invites children and their parents to a “Streetcar Read Along” on the El Paso Streetcar.

“Summer reading is an important way for kids to keep their minds active while they are out of school, and this is a fun way to encourage even the youngest of kids to spend their summer with a book,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs, Libraries and Tourism Managing Director Tracey Jerome. “The Streetcar Read Along is also a great way to introduce families to the streetcar as a good option to enjoy downtown events.”

The unique event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 at the Main Library Downtown, 501 Oregon.

Storytellers from the children’s section, along with the library mascot Odin the Wolf, will read several books to children on the streetcar during its route throughout Downtown, Segundo Barrio and Uptown.

Since seating is limited, parents are asked to arrive at the Main Library at 10:30 a.m. where they will receive a free ticket to board the streetcar. The libraries primary mascot, Lea, will lead the group to the streetcar stop on El Paso and Franklin (across from Cleveland Square Park). Children must have an accompanying parent or guardian to ride the streetcar.

As part of the event, children and parents are encouraged dress as their favorite space or superhero character.

In addition, children who participate in the Summer Reading Program can also sign up for the Kids on the Go Summer Youth Sun Metro pass that provides free bus and streetcar rides for youth throughout the summer.

More information on Streetcar Read Along or the Summer Reading Program can be found on the El Paso Public Library website or by calling (915) 212-0365.

Sun Metro providing youth with free Summer Ride Program

For the fifth consecutive year, Sun Metro is teaming up with non-profit organizations to provide youth with free transportation during the summer months.

The Kids on the Go! Summer Youth Transportation program will offer the free bus rides to qualifying youths from June 1 through August 31, 2019 through qualifying nonprofit organizations that provide summer programs for local children.

“Over the years with an increase in participation, Sun Metro provides transit for the youth of our community allowing them to stay active and busy with out-of-school time activities this summer,” said Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak.

Together with United Way of El Paso County, and agencies participating in this initiative the program helps kids find constructive and educational ways to spend their time.

“Our United Way works to ensure that children have access to quality out-of-school time programs that support year-round learning, but we recognize that not all children in our community have the means to get to a summer program,” said United Way President & CEO Deborah Zuloaga. “By partnering with Sun Metro, we’re able to break transportation barriers and connect agencies and children to this helpful resource.”

Sun Metro will provide information to interested children and offer transportation to attend their favorite summer program. Select agencies are currently enrolling youth in the program.

For a complete list of participating agencies visit Sun Metro’s Programs and Annual Events section.

Youth between the ages of 6 to 18 years who are enrolled in summer programs from non-profit agencies participating in this initiative are eligible for the free passes.

Children under the age of 12 will receive a distinguished pass to allow for a companion, over the age 12, to ride with the child free of charge. Children under the age of 5 always ride for free.

For more information about Sun Metro, visit their website, Facebook page, on Twitter @SunMetro, or call (915) 212-3333.

Sun Metro Offers Free Ride to Vote on Election Day

On Friday, Sun Metro officials announced they will offer complimentary bus rides to the polls on Election Day.

Passengers who show a valid form of voter identification can ride Sun Metro and Lift services on Tuesday, November 6 free, all day.

Sun Metro officials say that offering free rides “increases access to poll locations and allows citizens the opportunity to cast their votes during the midterm elections.”

Registered Lift Paratransit customers must schedule their trip in accordance with Sun Metro & Lift policies and procedures.

Any form of voter identification should be presented upon boarding. Valid forms include:

  • Texas Driver’s license
  • Texas Election ID Certificate
  • Texas Handgun License
  • U.S. Citizenship certificate with photo
  • U.S. Military ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • A government document with name and address of the voter

For more information about Sun Metro, visit their website, call (915) 212-3333, ‘Like’ their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @SunMetro.

Sun Metro Hosts Community Meetings on Proposed Changes to Downtown Routes

Sun Metro invites the community to two meetings scheduled to inform the public about proposed changes to the downtown circulators once Streetcar revenue service begins.

As the El Paso Streetcar prepares for revenue service, changes are necessary for Route 4 and Route 9.

The below proposed changes will be presented to City Council for approval this fall:

  • Route 4 known as the Union Plaza Circulator may change to Sun Metro’s full fare structure.
  • Route 9 known as the Downtown Shopping District Circulator may be deactivated.

The El Paso Streetcar will provide more trips and extended service hours on the weekends. All current discounts will apply to children, students, seniors, and military.

The meetings will take place on:

DATE TIME LOCATION
Wednesday, October 24 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. El Paso Main Library
(501 N Oregon Street)
Thursday, October 25 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. La Fe Child and Adolescent Wellness Center – 2nd Floor
(721 S Ochoa Street)

 

Sun Metro to Host Community Meetings on Streetcar Safety

Starting next week, Sun Metro has scheduled three community meetings to raise awareness about Streetcar Safety.

The El Paso Streetcar project is in its testing and training phase. To ensure the system can operate safely for the public, Sun Metro encourages the public to obey traffic laws and cross safely at designated locations when driving, cycling or walking near the 4.8 mile streetcar route.

The route runs in two loops known as Downtown and Uptown. The Downtown Loop includes Santa Fe Street, Franklin Avenue, Kansas Street and Father Rahm Avenue. The Uptown Loop includes Franklin Avenue, Stanton Street, Glory Road, Baltimore Drive and Oregon Street.

Sun Metro officials share the following tips to remember when approaching a Streetcar:

Pedestrians

  • Look both ways and listen for the streetcar before you step into the crosswalk. Streetcars run on electricity and are extremely quiet when approaching a station.
  • Remove headphones or reduce volume so you can hear streetcar warning bells and horns. Streetcars will provide warning sounds before coming to a stop.
  • There are new signals all along the streetcar route. Cross only at a crosswalk when the walk signal is on.
  • Never try to beat a moving streetcar by walking or running in front of it while it’s in motion. Streetcars cannot make sudden stops. Never try to beat a moving streetcar by walking or running in front of it while it’s in motion. Streetcars cannot make sudden stops.

Motorists

  • Pass the streetcar with caution. Never block the tracks while parking or changing lanes.
  • Never cut in front of a moving streetcar. Do not attempt a right-hand turn in front of a streetcar. Get behind the streetcar to make any right-hand turns.
  • Park only at designated spaces along the streetcar route. Never block the tracks. Cars will be towed.
  • Pay attention to new signs, striping & signals all along the streetcar route.

Cyclists

  • Avoid riding near streetcar tracks when possible. 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.
  • Tracks can be slippery, especially when wet. Try to avoid any wet areas along the route when crossing the tracks.
  • Stanton Street (btwn Baltimore & Rio Grande) is now a 2-way bikeway. All cyclist can ride north and south on the same side of the street.
  • Never grab the back of a streetcar to be pulled along on your bike.

The meetings will take place:

DATE TIME LOCATION
Tuesday, August 21 6:00 p.m. La Fe Culture and Technology Center – rear building
(721 S Ochoa Street)
Wednesday, August 22 5:30 p.m. El Paso Main Library
(501 N Oregon Street)
Thursday, August 23 6:00 p.m. Cathedral High School Auditorium
(1309 N Stanton Street)

For more information and videos about El Paso Streetcar safety, visit the website, call (915) 212-3333, like the Facebook page or follow Sun Metro on Twitter @SunMetro.

 

Sun Metro Rolls Out Free Summer Ride Program for Youths

For the fourth year in a row, Sun Metro is teaming up with non-profit organizations to provide youth with free transportation during the summer months.

“Over the years this program has increased in participation allowing kids to stay active and busy with out-of-school time activities and alleviating any possible transportation barriers,” said Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak.

The Kids on the Go! Summer Youth Transportation program will offer the free bus rides to qualifying youths through August 31, 2018 through nonprofit organizations that provide summer programs for local children.

Program officials add “The United Way of El Paso is serving as the liaison between Sun Metro and agencies participating in this initiative. Sun Metro will provide information to interested children and offer transportation to attend their favorite summer program. Select agencies are currently enrolling youth in the program.”

For a complete list of participating agencies visit SunMetro Programs and Annual Events section on their webpage

Youth between the ages of 6 to 18 years who are enrolled in summer programs from non-profit agencies participating in this initiative are eligible for the free passes.

Children under the age of 12 will receive a distinguished pass to allow for a companion, over the age 12, to ride with the child free of charge.

Children under the age of 5 always ride for free.

For more information about Sun Metro, visit their website, Facebook page, follow them on Twitter or call (915) 212-3333.

Institute for Healthy Living at UTEP Recruiting Participants for Brio Study

The Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living (IHL) at The University of Texas at El Paso is recruiting 1,250 people for a study on the impact public transportation has on the health and mobility of El Pasoans.

The five-year study, called “Fighting Obesity by Reinventing Public Transportation: A Natural Experiment,” is led by Texas A&M University and is being carried out in collaboration with Leah Whigham, Ph.D., IHL executive director, and Jay Banasiak, director of Sun Metro, El Paso’s public transportation service.

The IHL at UTEP, which is primarily funded by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, works with community partners to develop collaborative and sustainable solutions that promote healthy eating and active living in our region.

Researchers will compare physical activity levels of residents who live within a half-mile radius of the new Alameda and Dyer Brio Rapid Transit System lines before and after the stations are operational at the end of 2018. Residents of other selected neighborhoods in El Paso also are invited to join the study.

They will serve as comparison participants. Participants must be 20 years old or older and not be full-time students.

Individuals interested in participating are invited to take an online survey at m.ActiveElPaso.org. Eligible participants will receive a $10 gift card for completing the 30-minute survey.

Those who complete the survey may also join a one-week assessment and receive a $50 gift card. It will involve wearing two small devices and keeping a daily travel log for seven days. The data from this assessment will help researchers determine if bus rapid transit systems such as Brio promote physical and social activity.

The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and Texas A&M University. It is co-led by Texas A&M faculty members Chanam Lee, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning; Wei Li, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning; and Marcia Ory, Ph.D., in the Center on Population Health and Aging.

For questions or to request a paper copy of the survey, visit them online, email ActiveElPasoStudy@gmail.com, or call 915-257-5865.

For information about the IHL, visit their website.

Sun Metro Issues a ‘Call to Artists’ For Northeast Transit Center

Sun Metro invites artists to apply for a chance to display their original art in the new Arves E. Jones, Sr. Transit Center at Northgate.

The Arves E. Jones, Sr. Transit Center at Northgate, located at 9348 Diana on the site that used to be the Northgate (then Northpark) Mall, is nearing completion of construction and will open soon.

The transit center is part of El Paso’s efforts to enhance its regional comprehensive transportation system. It also will provide civic space for the public to gather, and serve as an economic development engine for local business and surrounding community.

Northgate Tranist Center / Exigo

Sun Metro officials say that the center is the “anchor to a public-private partnership transit-oriented development planned for the remaining 23 acres of the former mall’s site.”

Artists selected for this project will have their art displayed in the interior of the transit center. A selection panel will review applications and select artists whose work is creative and reflective to the El Paso region.

Applications are available online by clicking on the “Opportunities” tab, then on “Arves E. Jones, Sr. Transit Center at Northgate.”

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on May 6, 2018.

For more information, please visit the website or contact Irene Villa at VillaIX@elpasotexas.gov or Aidee Cosme at cosmeia@elpasotexas.gov.

Sun Metro Offering Free Rides on Thanksgiving Day

Sun Metro will recognize its passengers by providing free rides on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017, as part of Customer Appreciation Day.

Sun Metro customers, including those who ride the LIFT and utilize Sun Metro’s paratransit services, may ride any bus all day free on Thanksgiving Day.

Customer Appreciation Day will also allow customers to participate in and support citywide celebrations such as the Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center in downtown.

“Sun Metro constantly seeks ways to give back to the community and we are delighted to help our loyal passengers in our own small way celebrate and enjoy this day of thanks,” said Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak. “We also welcome new, first-time passengers to experience the interconnectivity of our service which results in greater mobility throughout El Paso.”

Sun Metro’s fixed-route will run on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day. The Brio Service as well as routes 90, 91, 92 and 93 will not be operating, as these routes do not run on Sundays.

Sun Metro customer service line for fixed routes will work on a Sunday schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sun Metro ticket offices at the Eastside Transfer Center (1165 Sunmount), the Robert E. McKee Five Points Transfer Center (2830 Montana Ave.), and the Bert Williams Downtown Santa Fe Transfer Center (601 Santa Fe) will be closed on November 23.

All Sun Metro bus services and ticket offices will resume a regular schedule on Friday, November 24.

The administrative offices (10151 Montana) will be closed on November 23 and 24. The offices will resume regular schedule on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Sun Metro Offers Park+Ride to UTEP-Houston Rice Game

Sun Metro is once again offering the Park+Ride service to and from the Sun Bowl stadium to watch UTEP Miner Football this season.

All fans need to do is visit one of Sun Metro’s six Park+Ride lots and catching a ride to the game. The service starts on Saturday, September 9, 2017, when the Miners take on the Houston Rice Owls at 6:00 p.m.

Park+Ride bus trips are $3 round trip. Children 5 and under ride free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Departure times will vary depending on location. The public is asked to arrive early and carry exact change for fare box. Drivers can provide change cards for bus-use only, but DO NOT have access to currency. Reduced fares and bus passes will NOT be accepted on these special routes.

The drop-off sites will be located near Memorial Gym on the north end of the Sun Bowl stadium. Fans will be picked up at the SAME location where they were dropped off. There will ONLY be two return trips — two hours after kick-off and at the end of the game.

Parking at all Sun Metro facilities is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking is free, except at the Union Plaza Transit Terminal and Glory Road Transfer Center.

If traveling to the Glory Transfer Center, the public is reminded that the outside lanes along Oregon Street are bus-only lanes — parking is NOT allowed. Violators risk being towed.

DESIGNATED BUS ROUTES & SCHEDULE FOR UTEP- HOUSTON RICE GAME  |  NOTE: Some of the Park+Ride lots have ONLY ONE DEPARTURE TIME. Please arrive early.

 

EASTSIDE TRANSFER CENTER
1165 Sunmount Dr.

Parking: Free
Cost: 
$3 round-trip fare
Route: 
59 Special (boarding along Sunmount)
Departure times: 4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Return times: 8:00 p.m. and end of game

EDGEMERE @ R.C. POE PARK+RIDE
Edgemere near R.C. Poe (one block west of Rich Beem Blvd.)

Parking: Free
Cost: 
$3 round-trip fare
Route: 
75 Special
Departure time: 
4:30 p.m.

Return times: 8:00 p.m. and end of game

 

MISSION VALLEY TRANSFER CENTER
9065 Alameda Ave.

Parking: Free
Cost: 
$3 round-trip fare
Route: 
3 Special (Bay E)
Departure time: 
4:30 p.m.

Return times: 8:00 p.m. and end of game

 

NORTHGATE TRANSFER CENTER
9348 Dyer Dr.

Parking: Free
Cost: 
$3 round-trip fare
Route: 
42 Special (north side of terminal)
Departure time: 
4:30 p.m.

Return times: 8:00 p.m. and end of game

UNION PLAZA TRANSIT TERMINAL
400 W. San Antonio

Parking: $7 per vehicle before 9:00 p.m. and $10 per vehicle after 9:00 p.m.
Cost: 
$3 round-trip fare
Route: 
205 Special
Departure times: 
4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Return times: 8:00 p.m. and end of game

 

WESTSIDE TRANSFER CENTER
7535 Remcon Cir.

Parking: Free
Cost: 
$3 round-trip fare
Route:
 18 Special
Departure time:
5:00 p.m.
Return times: 
8:00 p.m. and end of game

 

IMPORTANT TIPS TO REMEMBER

  • Bus service may be delayed before AND after the game due to traffic congestion
  • HAVE EXACT CHANGE FOR THE FAREBOX ($3 per person; ages 5 and under are free)
  • Buses will pick up fans at the SAME location as the drop-off site near the Memorial Gym
  • NO FOOD, DRINKS or SMOKING allowed on the buses
  • NO TAILGATING allowed in any parking garages

NO COOLERS or UMBRELLAS allowed in Sun Bowl (full list of prohibited items at tailgating.utep.edu

Sun Metro Provides Update on Alameda, Dyer Brio Construction

Construction of the Sun Metro Brio Rapid Transit System continues to move forward along the Alameda and Dyer corridors.

The Brio service will offer El Pasoans a high-quality RTS. The service will improve speed and reliability that much larger cities provide through light rail transit systems. Brio has the added advantage of lower implementation cost. Station amenities will feature:

  • Bus shelters (providing wind and sun protection)
  • Installation of a raised platform (providing near-level boarding)
  • Pre-paid automatic ticket vending
  • Benches, leaning rails, bike racks and trash cans
  • Sidewalk improvements to ADA compliance
  • Landscaping and pedestrian lighting

The new service will have various amenities to include: uniquely branded 60-foot articulated buses; a frequency of 10 minutes (peak service) to 15 minutes (off-peak service); have less frequent stops; branded and landscaped stations with improved pedestrian amenities and signal prioritization (lengthen green traffic signals).

Sun Metro’s Alameda Brio service will connect Mission Valley to Central and Downtown El Paso. This $35.5 million dollar project will be approximately 14.5 miles in length.

Sun Metro’s Brio Dyer will connect the future Northgate Transfer Center to the Downtown Transfer Center. This $35.9 million dollar project will be approximately 11.4 miles in length.

Although construction is on-going and closed for passengers, these areas are still open to pedestrian traffic. Sun Metro asks that necessary precautions are taken when walking through the impacted areas.

ALAMEDA BRIO CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS

  • Construction continues at the following locations:

o   4700 Alameda Avenue near Val Verde Street (outbound) next to Jefferson High School

o   8600 Alameda Avenue near Davis Drive (outbound) next to Ysleta High School

o   1918 Texas Avenue near Laurel Street (outbound) next to El Paso Leadership Academy

o   Alameda Avenue near Vocational Drive (outbound)

o   Alameda Avenue near Copia (inbound)

o   Alameda Avenue and George Orr (outbound)

o   Alameda Avenue near Raynor (outbound)

o   Alameda Avenue near Pendell (inbound)

o   Alameda Avenue near East San Antonio Avenue (outbound)

o   Texas Avenue near Ange Street (outbound)

o   Texas Avenue near Eucalyptus (inbound)

o   Magoffin Avenue near East San Antonio Avenue (outbound)

  • Construction of a new bus station is scheduled for Monday, July 10, 2017. This station will have pre-construction activity to include traffic control and concrete barriers beginning Sunday, July 9, 2017:

o   Alameda Avenue near Pendell Road (outbound)  

ALAMEDA BRIO SERVICE IMPACTS

  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue near Pendell Road (outbound) will be temporarily out of service affecting routes 61,65, and 66. The existing bus stops at Alameda Avenue near Maryland Street and Alameda Avenue near Cargill Street will be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue near Hadlock Street close to Jefferson High School continues to be out of service. A temporary bus stop on Alameda Avenue between Boll Place and Fullan Street by Jefferson High School’s parking lot continues to be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue near Davis Drive (outbound) close to Ysleta High School continues to be out of service. A temporary bus stop on Alameda Avenue in front of Ysleta High School continues to be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Texas Avenue near Laurel Street next to the El Paso Leadership Academy continues to be out of service. A temporary bus stop on Texas Avenue between Williams Street and Laurel Street near the railroad tracks continues to be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue near Vocational Drive continues to be out of service. A temporary bus stop at the west side of Riverside Park continues to be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue near Copia continues to be out of service. A temporary bus stop at 3417 Alameda continues to be utilized.
  • The existing boarding location on Alameda Avenue and George Orr (outbound) continues to be out of service. The existing bus stop by Ascarate Elementary School and Alameda Avenue near C.R. Croom continues to be utilized.
  • Due to construction at the San Antonio Toltec Station:

o   Routes 4, 21, 22, 55 and 62 continue to board at existing bus stop on Magoffin Avenue near Ochoa Street

o   Routes 61 and 66 continue to have a temporary bus stop placed on Magoffin Avenue near Virginia Street.

DYER BRIO CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS

  • Construction continues at the following locations:
  • o   Kansas Street near San Antonio (inbound)
  • o   Montana Avenue near Cotton (inbound)
  • o   Montana Avenue near St. Vrain Street (outbound)
  • o   Campbell between Myrtle and Texas (outbound)
  • o   Five Points Transfer Center area (Chase Bank and Subway restaurant)
  • The next bus stations scheduled for construction are:
  • o   Pershing Drive near Copia Street (inbound)
  • o   Downtown Transfer Center

DYER BRIO SERVICE IMPACTS

  • Routes 35 and 50 will experience minor schedule delay due to construction on St. Vrain Street near Montana Avenue.
  • Routes traveling near San Antonio and Kansas area may experience minor schedule delays due to construction.
  • Routes 4, 21, 22 and 61 continue to experience minor schedule delay due to construction.
  • Routes 24, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 41, 50 and 55 continue to experience minor schedule delay due to construction by the Five Points Transfer Center.

United Way, Sun Metro Partner to Offer Free Bus Passes to El Paso Youth

For the third year in a row, United Way of El Paso County and Sun Metro have partnered to carry out the summer youth transportation program, Kids on the Go!

Kids on the Go! is an initiative meant to help increase participation in out-of-school time activities by alleviating possible transportation barriers youth might have.

Through the program, youth enrolled in a participating summer program are eligible to receive a free pass that allows them to ride Sun Metro buses for free.

Last year, nearly 700 youth used the passes a total of 5,733 times throughout the summer months.

Any 501c3 nonprofit, city and county department, and local school district are eligible to receive free bus passes for youth (ages 6-18 years old) enrolled in their summer programs.

Children 6-12 years old must have an accompanying adult who will also be provided a free pass. Passes are valid from June 1 to August 31, 2017.

Agencies interested in offering participants access to this summer transportation option can contact United Way for more information.

Parents who would like a bus pass for their child must have their child enrolled in a participating program by a participating agency which currently includes Reynolds Home, Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, Project Bravo, El Paso Center for Children, House of Hope, Salvation Army, El Paso Public Library, El Paso Parks and Recreation, City of El Paso’s Museum of Cultural Affairs Department, Project Vida, YWCA El Paso, Latinitas, and Boys & Girls Club.

Sun Metro to Provide Youth with Free Summer Ride Program

For a third consecutive year, Sun Metro will partner with non-profit organizations to provide youth with free transportation during the summer months.

“Parents can avoid the hassle of having to drive the kids to their summer program. Sun Metro provides transit for the youth of our community all while helping them stay active and busy this summer,” said Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak.

The Kids on the Go! Summer Youth Transportation program will offer free bus rides to qualifying youths from June 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017 through nonprofit organizations that provide summer programs for local children.

The United Way of El Paso is serving as the liaison between Sun Metro and agencies participating in this initiative. Sun Metro will provide information to interested children and offer transportation to attend their favorite summer program. Select agencies are currently enrolling youth in the program. For a complete list of participating agencies visit SunMetro.net’s Programs and Annual Events section.

Youth between the ages of 6 to 18 years who are enrolled in summer programs from non-profit agencies participating in this initiative are eligible for the free passes. Children under the age of 12 will receive a distinguished pass to allow for a companion, over the age 12, to ride with the child free of charge.

Children under the age of 5 always ride for free.

For more information about Sun Metro or call (915) 212-3333. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SunMetro.

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