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Improvement Work on the Orange Line Trolley to Start Monday, October 23

October 20, 2017-- Crews will begin replacing equipment on the Orange Line Trolley on Monday to give passengers who travel from the El Cajon Transit Center to Downtown San Diego a more comfortable ride and an enhanced Trolley experience.

Trolley service will be maintained for the duration of the project, which will be done at night, Sundays through Thursdays from midnight to 4 a.m. Improvements are expected to be complete by summer 2018.

The work will include replacing the 32-year-old catenary assembly, including cantilever arms, brackets, and pulleys, and adjusting the overhead electrical lines that power the Trolley.

Crews will work along the Orange Line Trolley tracks, beginning from 16th & Commercial streets in Downtown San Diego and continuing up through the El Cajon Transit Center located on South Marshall Avenue. Crews will be in each area for approximately four nights.

Some preparatory work may occur at the Spring Street Trolley Station construction staging area beginning at 9 p.m. each night. Residents may notice the presence of crews, work lights, and vehicle safety back-up alarms during construction.

The Orange Line Overhead Contact System Improvements Project is a joint effort of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). The overhead contact system was originally installed in 1985.

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For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or