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Upgrades on trolley's orange line celebrated

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Renovations of stations along the trolley's Blue Line from downtown to San Ysidro are scheduled to begin in April, the Metropolitan Transit System announced Wednesday.

The MTS is in the midst of a $720 million project to redo the stations to accommodate the sleek low-floor trolley cars that have until now been the sole province of the Green Line -- which runs from downtown San Diego to Santee.

The newer cars began running between downtown and El Cajon on Tuesday, now that makeovers of Orange Line stops are complete.

The project also included installing electronic signage, track replacement and new overhead cables.

"This is important because we are bringing a new and higher standard of service to the people along the Orange Line," said MTS Chairman Harry Mathis. "New station amenities and low-floor cars will enhance the transit experience, making trips faster, more timely and more convenient and comfortable."

The MTS reported that trolley stations and transit centers along the Blue Line will be completely rebuilt. When the project is completed late next year, passengers should find it much easier to transfer from trolleys to buses, according to the transit agency.

Overhead cables have already been replaced on the system's oldest route.

The project is funded by a combination of sales taxes that are dedicated to transportation uses, bonds and federal funds.

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