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El Paso Launches Historic Streetcars in Service

Six refurbished and modernized PCC Streetcars returned to service recently in El Paso, TX, where they previously operated between 1950 and 1974.

“This is a step toward a historic transformation for El Paso. The city will be seeing a new mode of transportation system as the El Paso Streetcar adds another viable transit option for residents and visitors,” said Jay Banasiak, director of Sun Metro, which is operating the service.

The 4.8-mile route operates in two loops through El Paso’s uptown and downtown areas. Both loops interconnect through a single-tracked corridor, an international bridge, an array of businesses, restaurants, government buildings, a convention center, downtown ballpark and the University of Texas at El Paso, among many other prominent locations.

Each vehicle has seating for approximately 35 people and additional space for standing riders and are ADA accessible. On-board amenities include free Wi-Fi, bike racks, air conditioning and heating, upgrades for safety and modern propulsion.

El Paso’s public transportation history began with the introduction of mule-drawn cars in 1882, carrying passengers to and from the U.S. and Mexico. The city began operating electric streetcars by the 1890s and bought 17 of the streamlined PCC streetcars from San Diego in 1950.
Opening-day guests applauded as Sun Metro introduced its refurbished PCC cars to service.

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