San Diego receives first of new Siemens light rail vehicles

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San Diego has received the first of a 45-car order for new light rail vehicles from Siemens.
Metropolitan Transit System via Twitter

SAN DIEGO — Metropolitan Transit System, operator of the San Diego trolley, received the first of 45 new light-rail vehicles from Siemens on Friday. The new vehicle faces three months of testing before entering service by this December, according to an MTS Facebook post.

KUSI-TV reports that nine of the new vehicles will see service on existing MTS lines, while the other 36 are for the UC San Diego Blue Line Mid-Coast Extension, scheduled to open in 2021.

The new low-floor cars have a wider aisle to improve passenger flow and allow wheelchair accessibility. They are part of a $171-million order placed in 2016, and will bring the total number of cars Siemens has built for the system to 244.

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