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Sun Metro Breaks Ground for First Brio BRT Line

Sun Metro in El Paso, TX, kicked off construction for the Sun Metro Brio, the region’s future Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, June 19 at the Glory Road Transfer Center. The service will operate with high-capacity vehicles operating in mixed traffic with controlled traffic signals, providing improved speed and reliability.

The Sun Metro Brio system will consist of four corridors: Mesa, Alameda, Dyer, and Montana. Construction of the first corridor, Mesa, is expected to be complete in about a year; it will include installation of 22 stations from the Downtown Transfer Center to the Westside Transfer Center.

Brio will operate with uniquely branded 60-foot articulated buses, operating at a frequency of 10 minutes during peak service and 15 minutes at off-peak times.

Passenger amenities will include free Wi-Fi at the stations and on board the vehicles, branded and landscaped stations located at one-mile intervals along the line, and improved pedestrian access at stations.

The total project cost for the Brio Mesa corridor is $27.1 million, $13.5 million of which is covered by FTA funds. The next corridor, Alameda—scheduled to open by spring 2015—is expected to cost about $35.5 million, with all funds coming from local sources.

The $35.7 million Dyer corridor is anticipated to be in operation by fall 2016, followed by the $43.3 million Montana corridor in fall 2017.

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