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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:

DAYS HOURS
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.

Streetcar Work Update: All Lanes on Mesa Now Open at Baltimore, Glory Road

All lanes of Mesa Street are once again open to traffic at Baltimore Drive/Glory Road —earlier than expected, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Glory Road has also re-opened between Oregon Street and Mesa Street and Baltimore Drive has re-opened between Mesa Street and Stanton Street.

“Completion of rail work across Mesa Street is a huge milestone for the El Paso Streetcar Project,” said CRRMA Executive Director Raymond Telles. “In addition to making life easier for thousands of commuters, re-opening Mesa Street also signifies the completion of one of the last major pieces of rail work for this project.”

Rail work continues at locations on Oregon Street and Stanton Street in Downtown El Paso. Telles also invited members of the public to come “Make Your Mark” on the El Paso Streetcar Project later this week.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, El Pasoans are invited to take a few moments out of their day to stop-in and sign what will be the very last piece of rail placed as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project. The CRRMA will have special markers and commemorative giveaways available in the 500 Block of North Stanton Street in Downtown El Paso between 10am and 1pm.

“In the coming weeks, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will weld that final piece of rail into place signifying the end of major construction work for this project,” Telles said. “However, that doesn’t mean the streetcars are ready to roll just yet — crews must continue work on the overhead system which will power the streetcars which are still being renovated in Brookville, Penn.

When those streetcars return later this year, we’ll begin a 6-12 month testing phase which must be completed before the City of El Paso is able to begin streetcar service.”

Streetcar Work to Close Texas Avenue at Kansas Street Thursday

Texas Avenue will close to all eastbound and westbound traffic at Kansas Street beginning on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

The closure, which will last for approximately two weeks, is necessary to allow crews to continue underground utility work related to the El Paso Streetcar Project.

San Antonio Avenue will re-open to east-west traffic at Kansas Street on Friday, March 11, 2016. Kansas Street will remain closed from Texas to San Antonio.

Crews will begin installing new storm drains on Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue will continue for approximately four weeks.

Initially, traffic will be routed along the westernmost lane of Kansas Street. Once crews have completed storm drain installation on the eastern side of the street, traffic will move to the street’s easternmost lane. On-street parking will be allowed only on the side of the street which is open to traffic.

The intersection of Kansas Street and Father Rahm Avenue, which is presently closed, is expected to re-open to north-south traffic during the week of March 14. At that time, north-south lane closures will begin on Mesa Street at Father Rahm Avenue. Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to east-west traffic.

Lane closures continue along Oregon Street near El Paso Community College and the University of Texas at El Paso. Arizona Avenue and Rio Grande Avenue remain closed at Stanton Street. Stanton Street remains closed between Montana and Arizona.

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