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San Diego MTS Welcomes Low Floor Trolley Cars

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently introduced new low floor trolley cars on its Blue Line, which connects the U.S.-Mexico border with downtown San Diego. The line is the busiest in the region, providing more than 15 million passenger trips in FY 2014.

MTS Board Chairman Harry Mathis called the new cars "a significant milestone for our region's trolley network," explaining that the low floor vehicles will make the entire system more efficient.

The launch of the Blue Line's low floor service is part of a $600 million effort to modernize the entire trolley system, funded primarily by California Proposition 1B bond funds and TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by SANDAG. Other components of the renewal effort have included new station platforms, next-arrival electronic signs, signaling systems, overhead catenary wires, larger shelters and track replacement.


Paul Jablonski, far left, chief executive officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, and other dignitaries welcome a new low floor trolley at the 8th Street Station in National City, CA.

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