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San Diego transit system launches low-floor trolley service on Orange Line

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has launched new low-floor trolley service on the Orange Line, marking the completion of a $17 million renovation of the line's stations.

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.

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