Green Line trolleys begin servicing Downtown San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Green Line trolleys began servicing downtown San
Diego Sunday.

Stations have been refurbished between downtown and Old Town to
accommodate the low-floor cars used on the route, according to the Metropolitan
Transit System and San Diego Association of Governments announced.

The extension eliminates the need for a transfer. The Green Line used to
run between El Cajon and the Old Town Transit Center, and passengers bound
for downtown or Petco Park had to switch to the Blue Line.

“With the Green Line coming downtown, people all over San Diego can now
reach the downtown area more conveniently,” said Harry Mathis, the MTS
chairman. “This event also marks about the halfway point in a major
reinvestment of our trolley infrastructure, which will bring low-floor cars and
modern stations to our entire trolley network.”

The modern railcars allows for quicker exiting and boarding,
particularly for disabled passengers, which will mean faster rides, according
to the MTS. The agency also believes that eliminating the Old Town transfer
will shave 12 minutes off a trip from Mission Valley to Petco Park.

The extension is a component of a larger, $720 million project to
upgrade the entire trolley system and is expected to be completed in three
years. The overall project will add 65 of the new railcars to the trolley
fleet, which now numbers 11.

Additional railcars will be added to the Orange Line — from Santee to
downtown — next spring, and the Blue Line — between Old Town and the border —
in 2014.

The project is funded by a mix of the TransNet half-cent sales tax, bond
proceeds and federal stimulus money.

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