8/12/2016 1:44 PM
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City breaks ground on Northgate Transfer Center

EL PASO, Texas – Mayor Oscar Leeser, City Rep. Carl L. Robinson of District 4 and City Manager Tommy Gonzalez today joined Sun Metro, Northeast El Paso residents and a member of the Federal Transit Administration to break ground on the Northgate Transfer Center and parking garage.

“Every citizen in our community deserves the opportunity to access and use public transit options. This project will connect Northeast El Paso to the rest of the community and it will transform the former Northpark Mall area into a vibrant space that will significantly improve the quality of life for the entire Northeast area,” Robinson said.

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.

“This is a great day. We’ve been working on this transit investment for a long time and secured federal funds to help make it happen,” Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak said. “This unique transit-oriented development will give our economy a boost by creating jobs and will expand transportation options while revitalizing this key neighborhood in Northeast El Paso. Our transfer center will anchor a public-private development known as Metro 31, a mixed-use venture that will integrate Sun Metro’s Northeast transit services, including the new Dyer Brio rapid transit corridor station, with residential, retail and commercial office spaces.”

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 and 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.

As part of the process to enhance the connectivity of the area, the City of El Paso is also reconstructing Wren Avenue, which is located adjacent to the future transfer center. The reconstruction of Wren Avenue is a $1.9 million dollar project, which will provide for Wren Avenue to be reconstructed from Dyer Street to just east of Shoppers Road in concrete, and once complete, will be a vital transportation link in Northeast El Paso. The project will include 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 is scheduled for completion in January of 2017 and the new Transfer Center is expected to be completed in fall of 2017.

The Dyer BRIO system, which will begin construction in late 2016, will offer El Pasoans a high-quality rapid transit system and will connect Northeast El Paso to Central and Downtown El Paso. The total length of this $35.8 million dollar project will be approximately 12 miles long, and will include all the services and amenities that are found on the recently constructed Mesa BRIO, such as 60-foot articulated bus service of 10 minutes (peak service) to 15 minutes (off-peak service), landscaped stations that are spaced about a mile apart, and the capability to lengthen green traffic signals.

All three projects are part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance El Paso’s regional transportation system, as well as the quality of life of El Pasoans through the creation of recreational, cultural and educational environments.

Media Contact: Tammy Fonce
Lead Public Affairs Coordinator
(915) 212-1201