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Sun Metro staff, local agencies to conduct emergency response exercise on streetcar

Sun Metro Staff is and local agencies will conduct an El Paso Streetcar Emergency Drill on Franklin Avenue between Oregon Street and Mesa Street Sunday Morning.

The purpose is to prepare for “real-world” streetcar operations and preparedness of El Paso Streetcar and first responder personnel in the event of an incident involving a streetcar. The exercise will simulate a streetcar accident caused by a collision between an El Paso Streetcar vehicle with passengers and an automobile. Sun Metro Streetcar personnel along with the El Paso Police Department and El Paso Fire Department and EMS will coordinate and practice their evacuation and emergency protocols for dealing with such incident.

This is the first full-scale field exercise for El Paso Streetcar. A minimum of two drills are required annually by the Federal Transit Administration.

The exercise will take place between 6:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

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