MTS unveils new trolley car designs at open house

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of Metropolitan Transit System officials will hold an open house today to showcase the agency’s new trolley cars, which are scheduled to enter service Saturday.

The new cars include multiple new quality-of-life features like vinyl seating, improved sightlines for security and easier access to equipment for the agency’s technicians. The cars also have a redesigned mid-section to improve the flow of trolley passengers.

MTS ordered a total of 45 new trolley cars in 2016 from German manufacturer Siemens and received the first one last August.

The agency expects to receive the rest of the new fleet by next year. Nine of the cars will be added to MTS’ Blue, Green and Orange trolley lines while the other 36 will operate along the 11-mile Mid-Coast Blue Line trolley extension, which is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

“These vehicles represent the true partnership that exists between MTS and Siemens,” MTS CEO Paul Jablonski said when the agency received the first new car. “We worked closely over the last two years to ensure that these vehicles meet the needs of our system, and our riders, once Mid-Coast becomes operational.”

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