1/8/2018 9:26 AM
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Electrical Testing for El Paso Streetcar Begins on Tuesday

El PASO, Texas – The El Paso Streetcar project will begin testing the route’s overhead power lines in the downtown area on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. The overhead power lines will receive up to 650-volts DC within the downtown loop.
 
The electrical system that powers the streetcar, the Overhead Contact System (OCS), will stay fully energized as part of the safety and system integration phase of the project. The streetcars will get their electricity from four substations along the route. Substations are safe, enclosed units that send electricity to the streetcars. 

While powered wires and substations are safe and pose no immediate threats to people, please follow these safety tips:
• The public is urged to use caution around the OCS poles. 
• The overhead wire or “OCS” is energized at 650-volts DC. Do not attempt to climb poles, touch the wires, or throw things at them.
• Remain 10’ away from the live wires at all times.
• Streetcar power substations are prohibited from entry for the public’s protection. Do not attempt to enter a power substation. 
The OCS system integration is one of many testing activities now underway as the El Paso Streetcar project readies for its first Streetcar arrival and subsequent streetcar service. This multi-step process will continue as the system achieves significant milestones. The system-infrastructure must be certified by Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and accepted by the State Safety Oversight Agency (SOA) before passenger service can begin. 

For more information about El Paso Streetcar or Sun Metro, call 915.212.3333. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/sunmetro or follow us on Twitter @SunMetro.

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

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