Rebuilding the Trolley System
Trolley Renewal is a $660 million project to rebuild the Orange and Blue Lines. When complete in 2015, new low-floor Trolleys will operate on the entire MTS Trolley network, making trips faster, more comfortable and more convenient for all passengers.
Renovation of three stations has been completed and construction is currently ongoing at the 8th Street, 24th Street, E Street, H Street and Palomar Street Stations. Construction at the Palm Avenue and Iris Avenue Stations will begin October 2014. Work includes new station platforms, next-arrival electronic signs, shelters, track, switches, overhead electric wire and more.
All stations are open during construction and passengers are directed to temporary platform relocations and substitute bus services. (Please see construction updates below for Park & Ride reduction information.)
To stay in the know, check this page often or use the other options listed in the sidebar.
Stay in the Know
Construction schedules can change with little notice. Stay in the know. There are a number of ways you can stay updated on construction closures, detours, and other updates:
• This webpage (bookmark it!)
• Telephone hotline:
• Text message: Text STATIONS to GOMTS (46687) to receive construction update texts (how to unsubscribe)
• Trolley station signage: Look for updated Trolley Renewal info panels at station kiosks and A-frame signs placed at impacted stations
• On board: Look for the latest Trolley Renewal Travel Advisory, available on buses and Trolleys
(Check the Trolley Renewal box)
Read the latest Construction Advisory Email
• Trolley service at the Barrio Logan, Harborside and Pacific Fleet Stations has now transferred to the new permanent platforms. Major construction is complete and riders can enjoy upgraded amenities including new platforms, next-arrival signs, shelters and seating.
• 8th Street and 24th Street Stations:
- Trolley platforms are now open
- Bus bays and Park & Ride facilities to open fully early October
• E Street, H Street and Palomar Street Stations:
- Construction is anticipated through fall 2014.
- Occasional night work continues at Palomar and H Street Stations.
• Park & Ride reductions:
- H Street, Palomar Street, Palm Avenue and Iris Avenue Stations
- Overflow parking is available at 8th Street, 24th Street and E Street Stations. Call (619) 234-3004 to get a trip plan to ride the bus to one of these stations.
• On October 11 and 12, two or more Orange Line Stations will be closed for Trolley service. The all-day station closures are to allow construction crews to replace grade crossings to improve the ride experience. Alternative bus shuttle service between the closed stations will be provided. Passengers are urged to allow for extra travel time; expect delays.
- Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12: All day between the Massachusetts Avenue, Lemon Grove Depot and Spring Street Stations.
Additional Materials (click to view PDF)
Ongoing Station Construction
Palomar Trolley Station Bus Stops
Due to construction, parking and bus stop locations for routes at the Palomar Station have been temporarily relocated.
Parking has been eliminated at the north end of the station to accommodate construction.
Please see diagram below for temporary stop locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are riders be affected by the Trolley Renewal project?
MTS is working to minimize the impact on riders, but with station and track closures necessary to complete construction, riders will have to adjust their travels. The majority of the closures and need for bus bridges will happen on the weekend. MTS will supply bus bridges when stations are closed, and will notify riders through station announcements, a telephone hotline, station signage and this website. MTS recommends staying up-to-date on construction closures.
Why do the Trolley Renewal project now?
The rails and equipment on the Blue Line are 30 years old and have far exceeded their original expected use. MTS is beginning the project now in order to avoid delays and breakdowns in the future. Also, the installation of additional rail crossovers between stations will allow MTS to provide service during temporary delays, ensuring smooth riding in the future.
How is the Trolley Renewal project funded?
The funding sources for this project are TransNet II, California Proposition 1B bonds, and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. This money comes to MTS designated for capital improvements to the system and cannot be used for day-to-day operations.
Why do we need low-floor Trolley cars?
Low-floor Trolley cars offer a significant advantage over high-floor vehicles. Since the floor of the low-floor cars is level with the station platform, boarding and exit times are reduced for all riders. The low floor also provides enhanced ADA accessibility and eliminates the need for wheelchair lifts.
The new low-floor vehicles are 81 feet in length, which is nine feet shorter than the 11 S-70 low-floor vehicles that MTS currently uses on the Green Line. The shorter length will enable the new vehicles to be used on C Street in Downtown San Diego without blocking intersections. This will allow the Green Line to come downtown, terminating at 12th and Imperial Transit Center and eliminating the need to transfer at the Old Town Transit Center.
When will we see new low-floor Trolley cars?
The new low-floor vehicles began running on the Green Line on Monday, October 3, 2011! The Green Line is now completely running the new low-floor Trolley cars. Low-floor cars are scheduled to begin operating on the Orange Line in January 2013, and on the Blue Line in 2014. These dates may change due to construction schedules.
How do I unsubscribe from the Trolley STATIONS construction update texts that I am getting from 46687?
Please send the message STOP STATIONS to the number 46687 and you will be unsubscribed from future construction updates.