El Paso Streetcar construction progressing ahead of schedule

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EL PASO, Texas — The infrastructure phase of the El Paso Streetcar's construction is progressing ahead of schedule.

The El Paso Times reported on Wednesday that this phase of the $97-million project includes utility work, and track and overhead wire installation. The work was originally scheduled to be finished in early 2018, but officials with the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority now say that the work should conclude by Thanksgiving.

The El Paso Streetcar will use six vintage streetcars that were operated in the area until 1974. Brookville Equipment Corp. of Pennsylvania is restoring the vehicles. The first of the restored cars will be delivered in January or February, allowing for testing of the newly constructed tracks.

When it opens for service in late 2018, the 4.8-mile streetcar loop will operate between downtown El Paso and the University of Texas at El Paso campus. Local officials are also looking at a possible Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, expansion.
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