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The City of El Paso literally rolled out the red carpet for the grand opening of its streetcar system. And why not? It had, after all, been 45 years since the vintage trolleys had graced the streets of the Texas town.

On Nov. 9, five of six remanufactured 1937 Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) cars went into service in Downtown El Paso thanks in part to LTK, which provided all vehicle, traction power, and OCS design and planning services for the project.

LTK prepared the PCC remanufacture specifications and assisted during contractor selection and negotiations. The firm performed traction power simulations, substation, and OCS designs, and developed all necessary systems documents for the construction RFP.  LTK also supported the City of El Paso and Sun Metro during testing, commissioning and implementation of operations.

The streetcars travel along a 4.8-mile figure eight route through the uptown and downtown areas. The loop has 27 stops, including the minor league baseball stadium where the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas play, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the Cincinnati Entertainment District.

The system includes four traction power substations, a dedicated maintenance facility, and a single-wire catenary system. As an homage to the past, each of the streetcars is painted in one of three color schemes used in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The cars, which are ADA compliant, also feature air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, bike racks and closed-circuit TV cameras.

The standard fare is $1.50. The streetcars were free to ride during the grand opening weekend and attracted more than 5,300 passengers.