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San Diego To Sell Old Trolley Cars To Mendoza, Argentina

The Metropolitan Transit System in San Diego announced today it will sell two dozen older trolley cars to the city of Mendoza, Argentina, for $5.1 million.

The sale comes as the local transportation agency prepares to deploy more of the newer low-floor light rail cars on its tracks. Right now, they only run on the Green Line, but will be added to the Blue and Orange lines when a project to renovate stations is completed.

A signing ceremony for the sale is scheduled for Tuesday, according to the MTS.

Mendoza is in a wine-growing area in the foothills of the Andes Mountains of western Argentina, closer to Santiago, Chile, than the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. It is the country's fourth most-populated metropolitan area.

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Gary1 | September 24, 2012 at 1:31 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

I understand that the new cars may be easier to enter and exit, and more comfortable. What I wonder is where the money is comming from? The city seems to be short of money, same with the state, and federal governments. They all need to learn how to budget. I think that it is interesting that a lot of the old Pacific Electric (Los Angeles) Trolley cars were shipped to South America, and I think Argentina when the line was closed in the early '60s.

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