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Celebration highlights $660M Trolley Renewal project completion

Thousands of people attended a free community event on September 12 at Chula Vista’s E Street Trolley Station, celebrating the completion of the $660 million Trolley Renewal Project.

The event – hosted by SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – marked the end of a five-year effort to renovate and upgrade the region’s Trolley System, which has been in service for more than 30 years.

Saturday’s event also said “Thank you!” to Trolley riders, residents, and businesses that have been patient with the unavoidable inconveniences caused by the renovation work.
 
“This project is all about the passengers,” said SANDAG Chair and Santee Councilmember Jack Dale. “These improvements will help us build on the 30-year legacy of the Trolley line service. In the end, passengers will have a more comfortable, convenient experience whenever they take the Trolley.”

Thanks to the project, new low-floor trolley cars are now operating throughout the system. All stations are equipped with next-arrival signs, new shelters, and seating. These improvements mean easier access, quicker trips, a more comfortable ride, and an enhanced transit experience for all commuters.

Trolley Renewal is a joint project headed by SANDAG and MTS, with funding provided by TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by SANDAG; California Propositions 1A and 1B; and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“The Trolley Renewal Project has made vast and significant improvements to the light rail service we provide to nearly 40 million passengers annually,” said MTS Board Chair Harry Mathis. “We’ve made upgrades throughout the system for our riders, including low-floor trains, new tracks and catenary wire, new shelters, next-arrival electronic signs and more.  Trips are faster, more comfortable and more convenient thanks to this effort that modernized the entire Trolley system.”

Saturday’s community celebration featured t-shirt and backpack giveaways, music, raffles, live entertainment, kids’ activities, refreshments, and photo booths, among other amenities.

It was made possible by Presenting Sponsor, PGH Wong; Premier Sponsor, Siemens Industry, Inc.; and Event Sponsors, Kleinfelder/Simon Wong, San Diego Gas & Electric, Caltrop Corporation, Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., Parsons Brinckerhoff, VTMI, Flatiron West Inc., Coca-Cola, and C.A. Wehsener Engineering, Inc.

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For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.