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Daytime Trolley Testing Set to Begin Monday

As preparations related to the the El Paso Streetcar Project continue, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority and Sun Metro are planning several testing and training operations in the coming weeks.

On Monday, August 13, 2018, Sun Metro will begin training streetcar operators during daytime hours from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This will be the first opportunity for the public to share the road with the Streetcar while it operates in daytime traffic throughout its route.

Officials with the CRRMA stated, “We remind the public to always follow standard safety procedures when driving, cycling or walking: Obey traffic laws and cross safely at designated locations.”

Additionally, contractors working for the CRRMA will conduct electrical testing along the Uptown Loop between 7:00 p.m. and midnight on Monday, August 13, 2018.

During this test, contractors will intentionally short-circuit some of the electrical components in a controlled environment to ensure safety mechanisms are properly functioning. Those along the Uptown Loop at the time may hear two loud ‘booms’ during this test. There is no danger to members of the public.

The Uptown Loop includes Franklin Avenue, Stanton Street, Glory Road, Baltimore Drive and Oregon Street.

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, the CRRMA will resume other overnight on-street vehicle testing which will require intermittent street and lane closures along the Uptown Loop.

More information on those closures will be released in the coming days.

While residents will be seeing a lot more of the iconic trolleys, they are not passenger service just yet.

The CRRMA and Sun Metro each have several more months of testing and training to ensure the system can operate safely for the public. In the coming weeks, you’ll likely to see streetcars running more often along the route but, again, you won’t be able to board.

Below are some important tips to remember as we begin seeing the streetcars out-and-about more often:

  • 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. Every line is fully energized. Never touch 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. Always LOOK both ways and LISTEN for the streetcar before stepping in the crosswalk.
  • Motorists should never cut off the streetcar whether it is moving or standing. Never block the tracks while parking or changing lanes.
  • For more information, call (844) 252-RAIL.

Streetcar project work moves to UTEP area; Continues in Downtown El Paso

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has announced that contractors will add additional crews, expand their work zones and institute new street closures next week as utility work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project kicks into high gear.

Stanton Street at Baltimore Drive

Beginning on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, lane and sidewalk closures will begin on Stanton Street near Baltimore Drive. The intersection will remain open to traffic. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to obey all traffic signs.

Intersection of Franklin Avenue and Kansas Street

Beginning on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, lane shifts will be in place at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Kansas Street. The intersection will remain open to traffic. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to obey all traffic signs.

Stanton Street from Arizona Avenue to Montana

Beginning on Thursday, February 4, 2016, Stanton Street will close from Arizona Avenue to Montana Avenue. Rio Grande Avenue will be closed to all traffic at Stanton. Work at this location will take approximately four weeks. This will allow Stanton Street to re-open adjacent to Cathedral High School.

On Thursday, February 4, and Friday, February 5, 2016, Texas Avenue will close to eastbound and westbound traffic at Kansas Street. Motorists should consider Mills Avenue and San Antonio Avenue as an east-west alternate.

Work Underway at Other Locations

  • Father Rahm Avenue from Santa Fe Street to Campbell Street.

Work Planned at Other Locations in the Coming Weeks

  • San Antonio Avenue at Kansas Street.
  • Santa Fe Street at Franklin Avenue.
  • Oregon Street at Glory Road.

Residents, businesses, and schools will maintain access at all times during construction. The CRRMA is coordinating directly with those impacted.

El Paso Electric (EPE) will be providing new service to a building on the corner of Overland and Stanton which will require road closures in the area. Work is tentatively expected to begin on Monday, February 1, 2016, and is projected to last six weeks. Motorists using Stanton should follow marked detours and consider alternate routes.

This work is not related to the El Paso Streetcar project. Please contact EPE for more information.

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  • Call the bilingual project information line: (844) 252-RAIL.

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