A new service has been launched on San Diego’s light rail system to mark the completion of a $17 million station redevelopment programme.
Nine stations have been renovated on the city’s Orange Line as part of a $720 million project to rebuild all stations from Old Town to San Ysidro and from La Mesa to downtown San Diego.
The project also includes a $271 million investment in 65 new low-floor vehicles from Siemens.
“This is important because we are bringing a new and higher standard of service to the people along the Orange Line,” said Metropolitan Transit System’s (MTS) chairman Harry Mathis.
The first section of the Orange Line was built in 1986, with the last extension to Santee opening in 1995.
The Trolley Renewal project will now turn its attention to Blue Line stations, with work due to begin in April to redevelop stations from downtown to the border.