A ceremony was held Wednesday at the Euclid Avenue Transit Center in San Diego to recognize the occasion.
"This is important because we are bringing a new and higher standards of service to the people along the Orange Line," said MTS Chairman Harry Mathis in a prepared statement. "New station amenities and low-floor cars will enhance the transit experience."
The Orange Line project included renovation of nine stations, as well as signaling and grade crossing improvements. Station platforms were resurfaced, new shelters were installed and fiber-optic communication systems were added.
The work was part of the $720 million trolley renewal project that entails rebuilding all stations from Old Town to San Ysidro, and from La Mesa to downtown San Diego. The project also calls for spending $271 million to purchase 65 new low-floor vehicles from Siemens.
Browse articles on San Diego Metropolitan Transit System on Progressive Railroading
- Operation Lifesaver Inc. starts new chapter with Joyce Rose at the helm
- Crude oil and intermodal will drive rail traffic for BNSF over the long term
- Metrolink's DePallo plans to build on progress, develop long-term strategy
- RailTrends 2012 represented a full deconstruction of the North American rail industry — by Tony Hatch
- CREATE update: Grade crossing upgrades, separations and closures
- TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie project will add vital link to southeast destinations
- Union Pacific opens information technology center in Austin
- Marcellus and Utica shale drilling keeps railroads busy
- Carload Express creates Ohio short line to tap two eastern shales
- Grade crossing safety: Freight and passenger railroads take a multi-pronged approach
- High-speed rail is on a slower, but steady, track: HNTB
- Material handling and distribution equipment update
- Santa Clara VTA aims for succession planning success with IT department pilot