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Capital Improvements

Capital Improvements

The Future of Transit

Sun Metro’s vision is to make transit a more accessible, attractive, and viable travel option and to make El Paso the least car dependent city in the nation, thereby leading to economic development and improving the quality of life for our community. As part of this vision we are transitioning from "hub-and-spoke" to a "node" system, allowing shorter routes and faster travel times throughout the city. Building new terminals throughout the city is one step toward making this vision a reality.

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Alameda Brio Rapid Transit System (RTS)

Design Complete: 100%

Construction Complete: 5%


Alameda Brio will begin at the Downtown Transfer Center and travel primarily along Alameda. It will include service to the Five Points Transit Terminal and Mission Valley Transfer Center.

Length: 14.5 miles
Beginning of route: Downtown Transfer Center
End of route: Mission Valley Transfer Center
Total number of buses: 14
Number of stations: 29
Total project cost: $38.3 million
Funding: 100 percent City of El Paso
Operational: Early 2018


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Dyer Brio Rapid Transit System (RTS)

Design Complete: 100%

Construction Complete: 5%


Dyer Brio will begin at the Downtown Transfer Center and travel primarily along Dyer. It will include service to the Five Points Transit Terminal and Northgate Transfer Center.

Length: 10.2 miles
Beginning of route: Downtown Transfer Center
End of route: Future Northgate Transfer Center
Total number of buses: 10
Number of stations: 22
Total project cost: $35.7 million
FTA funding (anticipated): $21.5 million
TXDOT funding: $6.4 million
Operational: Late 2018


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Northgate Transfer Center

Project Completion: 70%


The $10.6 million facility to be constructed on a portion of a 30-acre site located near Dyer Street and Diana Drive is the City of El Paso’s component of a unique transit oriented development. El Paso is one of the first cities in the nation to create a robust transit oriented development around a bus rapid transit system.

The new transit center managed by the city’s Capital Improvement Department was designed by EXIGO of El Paso assisted by RNL of Denver, Colorado. Construction will be completed by Dantex Construction, Inc. of El Paso. The project was designed as a LEED silver project, and includes the following passenger amenities: a Park+Ride garage, bus drop off and pickup shelters, enclosed waiting and ticketing areas, electronic on-street message boards, ticketing & information offices, bike racks, Wi-Fi and a landscaped pedestrian plaza. The new Transfer Center is expected to be completed in fall of 2017.


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Wren Ave. Reconstruction

Project Completion: 100%


As part of the process to enhance the connectivity of the area, the City of El Paso has also reconstructed Wren Avenue, which is located adjacent to the future transfer center. The reconstruction of Wren Avenue is a $1.9 million dollar project, which provided for Wren Avenue to be reconstructed from Dyer Street to just east of Shoppers Road in concrete, and will be a vital transportation link in Northeast El Paso. The project includes the addition of buffered bike lanes, pedestrian walkways with their own landscaping, dark sky compliant decorative lighting, as well as the installation of a textured concrete crosswalk with an imbedded caution light system at the intersection of Wren Avenue and Shoppers Road. Once complete, the reconstruction of Wren Avenue will allow bike, pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic to commute safely and efficiently to the new Northgate Transfer Center.

The reconstruction of Wren Avenue was substantially completed in February of 2017. Landscaping and other minor project improvements will be completed in March.


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Streetcar

Infrastructure Completion: 72%

Vehicles Completion: 46%


The El Paso Streetcar Project is already rolling toward reality. Construction on the 4.8 mile route is underway at several locations from South El Paso to Downtown to the University of Texas at El Paso campus. Construction includes utility relocation, construction of a new maintenance and storage facility, sidewalk repairs, installation of rail, the placement of 27 stops, the complete reconstruction of some streets, and resurfacing work on other streets.

The route will run in two loops. The Downtown Loop runs along Santa Fe Street, Franklin Avenue, Kansas Street and Father Rahm Avenue. The Uptown Loop runs along Franklin Avenue, Stanton Street, Baltimore Drive, Glory Road, and Oregon Street. The route will connect the international bridges, retail areas, government buildings, convention center and downtown ballpark with the medical center, University of Texas at El Paso and several historic neighborhoods.

Our streetcar page has more details about this exciting project.