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San Diego’s Orange And Blue Trolley Lines Get A Makeover

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Aired 9/23/10

Major improvements are on the way for San Diego Trolley's Orange and Blue Lines. The overhaul should make the system more efficient and more comfortable for passengers.

— Major improvements are on the way for San Diego Trolley's Orange and Blue Lines. The overhaul should make the system more efficient and more comfortable for passengers.

The Orange Line runs between downtown San Diego and El Cajon. The Blue Line goes from Old Town to the San Ysidro border crossing.

Some of the system's components are almost 30 years old. Metropolitan Transit System spokesman Rob Schupp said when the overhaul is finished, passengers will really notice the changes.

"This project will include new station platforms, new shelters, new next arrival signage so people will know when the trolley is coming," he said. "So it really does enhance our operations and enhances the ride for our passengers."

Schupp said remodeling the stations will allow the trolley to run new low-floor cars. He said that will make boarding smoother.

The $620 million project is expected to take three to five years to complete.

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