The El Paso streetcar is an exciting transportation experience with unique safety considerations. Be streetcar safe. STOP. LOOK. LISTEN.
Here’s what you need to know when driving, walking or cycling near the streetcars, tracks and Overhead Contact System (OCS) poles.
- Streetcars are extremely quiet
- Streetcars use warning bells and horns
- There are no fences or barriers that separate you and the streetcar
- Streetcars cannot move off the tracks to avoid obstacles and cannot make abrupt stops in traffic
- Streetcars have their own traffic signals that are not intended for motorists
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The Overhead Content System (OCS) includes overhead lines which carry 650-volts DC. All lines should always be considered to be energized. Never touch the wires or anything touching the wires.
When riding near the streetcar tracks, it’s important to place yourself at a distance from the tracks to prevent your wheels from dropping into them. When crossing the rails, cross them at a right angle (90˚) to avoid catching your bicycle wheels in the gap.
The El Paso Streetcar project included some big changes on Stanton Street between Rio Grande and Baltimore and now features a 2-way protected bikeway. Bikes go north and south on the same side of the street. It's a unique set-up, so pay close attention to new signs, striping and signals along Stanton Street.
The El Paso Streetcar project will be testing all streetcars and systems. Pay attention when walking, driving, or cycling along the streetcar route. And remember to look both ways when crossing the tracks. Overhead lines will be electrified, so be aware.
The El Paso Streetcar drives with normal traffic. When driving, pay attention! Pass carefully, only where allowed and don’t cutoff or turn in front of the streetcar. Never block the tracks when parking or changing lanes. The streetcar can’t go around obstacles.
The El Paso Streetcar is a great way to get around. When you’re walking along the Streetcar route remember to use crosswalks, obey traffic signals and pay attention when crossing the tracks. Be streetcar safe!
Some parking along the Streetcar route has changed from angle to parallel parking. It's important to always park inside the lines, and never block the tracks. The Streetcar can't go around obstacles. Be Streetcar Safe!
The El Paso Streetcar runs on tracks embedded in the street, so it can't swerve to avoid oncoming objects. Be sure to give the streetcar plenty of room to stop. Be Streetcar safe!
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.
The route will be serviced by Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar vehicles – the same vehicles that ran on El Paso streets until 1974. As part of this project, six vintage El Paso streetcars are being expertly restored for the rigors of daily service. While the cars are decades old, they’ll be outfitted with modern amenities including air conditioning and wifi. Each of the six cars will be painted in one of three original color schemes from the 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s.
Construction of the project is being managed by the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority using Texas Department of Transportation funding and a design provided by the City of El Paso. Once operational, Sun Metro will operate and maintain the Streetcars and associated facilities.
This complex project is being completed by Paso del Norte Trackworks, a joint venture of Granite Construction and RailWorks. These companies have worked on other similar streetcar projects in cities including New Orleans and Tucson.
For more information on construction impacts, sign up for regular email updates and check out facebook.com/elpasostreetcar and our YouTube page. You can also reach the project team directly by calling (844) 252-RAIL or via email at email@example.com.