EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — A piece of history returned to El Paso Monday morning.
The first of six streetcars arrived in downtown El Paso at 10 a.m.
“Incidentally this is vehicle number one. We’ve got five more coming that will be shipped anywhere between a month and a month and a half,” said Raymond Telles, the executive director of the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.
The streetcars have undergone extensive restoration in Pennsylvania, and will now be taken to a maintenance and storage facility, where they will be inspected for the first time.
“This is about our heart and soul as a community so to see this today and this type of work it’s really remarkable, and it’s hard not to get a little emotional,” said Peter Svarzbein, city representative for district 1.
Officials said there will be modern upgrades to the streetcars, including Wi-Fi, air conditioning, LED boards and accessibility for disabled riders.
The streetcars will begin running on the route for testing, but the public won’t yet be able to board them until late this year.
Some El Pasoans tell us it’s a dream come true to see the streetcars back in the city.
“I felt bad because history was going out for whatever new projects they wanted to bring in,” Ricardo Bayona said. “But I’m very excited now over it.”
“New generations don’t appreciate much about the history and culture and seeing them get revived like that can show them one or two things about history,” Michael Barragan said.
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The route will runs in two loops from the Downtown international bridges to the University of Texas at El Paso area and back.
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Motorists, pedestrian and cyclists are encouraged to avoid Father Rahm Avenue between Santa Fe Street and El Paso Street if possible.