After years of planning, engineering, and construction, Sun Metro has finally launched its first Brio Rapid Transit System (RTS) route. The Mesa Corridor route begins officially running on October 27, 2014.
El Paso's mass transit system held a "launch party" on Monday at Cleveland Square. The Mesa Corridor route runs from Downtown El Paso to the Westside Transfer Center, with 22 stops along the round trip.
The Mesa Corridor is the first of four planned routes, with the Alameda Corridor planned for completion in 2016. The Dyer and Montana Corridors will follow.
Brio is Sun Metro's "like rail" bus system that includes special 60-foot articulated buses that will arrive at stations every 10 minutes during peak hours. Stations are spaced about a mile apart, and buses will have the ability to lengthen green traffic signals at certain intersections.
The project cost for the Mesa route is $27.1 million, funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration. More information can be found at sunmetro.net/brio.html.