Orange Line (San Diego Trolley)

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San Diego Trolley Orange Line.svg Orange Line
SDT Orange Line at 5th2.jpg
Orange Line train at Downtown San Diego
5th Avenue Station (March 2008).
Overview
Type Light rail
System San Diego Trolley
Status Currently Running
Locale San Diego, California
Termini Santa Fe Depot
El Cajon Transit Center
Stations 19[1]
Ridership 10,896,289 (FY 2014)[2]
Website SDMTS - Trolley Information
Operation
Opening March 23, 1986; 28 years ago (1986-03-23)[1][3]
Owner Metropolitan Transit System
Operator(s) San Diego Trolley, Inc.
Rolling stock

Triple Car Trains
(In any of the following configurations)

  • Three Short S70s
  • Three SD-100 Cars
  • One SD-100 Between Two Short S70s
* Train configurations may vary based on system volume
Technical
Line length 18.0 mi (29.0 km)[1]
No. of tracks 2 Tracks
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
(standard gauge)
Electrification 600 V DC Overhead lines
Operating speed

Max. 65 mph (105 km/h)

Average 55 mph (89 km/h)
Route map
Orange Line train at Downtown San Diego America Plaza (January 2008).

The Orange Line is an 18.0-mile (29.0 km) light rail line in the San Diego Trolley system, operated by San Diego Trolley, Inc. an operating division of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.[1] It currently operates between Downtown San Diego and El Cajon.[4][5] The Orange Line has the lowest ridership of the San Diego Trolley's three regular lines, transporting 10,896,289 riders during FY 2014 according to the MTS.[2]

The line is one of four lines in the Trolley system, the others include the Blue, Green and Silver lines.[1][3]

At night, the San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad uses the Orange Line right of way east of the rail yard near the 12th & Imperial Transit Center for its freight service to El Cajon and Santee.[6]

History[edit]

The Orange Line is the second line in the San Diego Trolley system, with service beginning on March 23, 1986 and initially operating between downtown San Diego and Euclid Avenue.[7][8] The East Line, as it was then called, kept this name after successive extensions to Spring Street on May 12, 1989,[7] to the El Cajon Transit Center on June 23, 1989,[7] along the Bayside in downtown San Diego on June 30, 1990,[8] and finally to Santee Town Center on August 26, 1995.[7]

The line was renamed the Orange Line in 1997.[7] Service between Gillespie Field and Santee Town Center was replaced by the Green Line in July 2005 upon that line's introduction.[7][8]

2012 realignment[edit]

During a system redesign on September 2, 2012, the Orange Line's eastern terminus was further shortened to the El Cajon Transit Center, while Orange Line service along the Bayside was eliminated and its western terminus was rerouted to the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego.[9] Once the Mid-Coast trolley extension to University City is completed,[10] the Orange Line's western end is likely to be curtailed one additional station, terminating at America Plaza.

Stops along the Orange Line[edit]

Orange Line
(Santa Fe Depot–Downtown–El Cajon)
Station Name Connections Bus Train Parking Info Notes
Santa Fe Depot
Green Line Green Line Coaster icon.svg MTS Info icon.svg Directly adjacent to America Plaza – so is an "indirect" transfer point for Blue and Silver Lines.
Transfer point for the Coaster and the Surfliner.
America Plaza Blue Line Blue Line
Silver Line Silver Line
MTS Bus icon.svg Serves One America Plaza.
Directly adjacent to Santa Fe Depot – so is an "indirect" transfer point for the Green Line.
This was an infill station – added upon competition of the One America Plaza building in 1991.
Terminus for Blue Line.
Civic Center Blue Line Blue Line
Silver Line Silver Line
MTS Bus icon.svg Serves City Hall, Courthouse, and Horton Plaza.
Fifth Avenue Blue Line Blue Line
Silver Line Silver Line
MTS Bus icon.svg Serves Downtown San Diego.
City College Blue Line Blue Line
Silver Line Silver Line
MTS Bus icon.svg Serves San Diego City College, San Diego High School.
Park & Market Blue Line Blue Line
Silver Line Silver Line
MTS Bus icon.svg
12th & Imperial Transit Center Blue Line Blue Line
Green Line Green Line
Silver Line Silver Line
MTS Bus icon.svg MTS Info icon.svg Serves Petco Park.
Universal transfer station for all lines.
Terminus for Green and Silver Lines.
25th & Commercial MTS Bus icon.svg
32nd & Commercial MTS Bus icon.svg
47th Street Zeichen 314.svg
Euclid Avenue MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314.svg
Encanto/62nd Street MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314.svg
Massachusetts Avenue Zeichen 314.svg
Lemon Grove Depot MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314.svg
Spring Street MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314.svg
La Mesa Boulevard MTS Bus icon.svg
Grossmont Transit Center Green Line Green Line MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314.svg
Amaya Drive Green Line Green Line Zeichen 314.svg
El Cajon Transit Center Green Line Green Line MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314.svg Terminus for Orange Line.

Trolley Renewal Project[edit]

To accommodate the new Siemens S70 models so that they could be used on the line, Trolley stations needed to undergo renovation, although this was be done over a period of time to prevent the disruption of operation. The New LRVs began operation on the Orange Line in January 2013,[11] once all remaining Orange Line stations had been upgraded to handle them. Currently no stations on the Orange Line are closed for this renewal project, as all renovation work on the Orange Line was completed in 2013.[11][12]

Possible Extension to Lindbergh Field[edit]

In January 2013, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and SANDAG conducted talks about a possible trolley extension to the San Diego airport. SANDAG has been conducting feasibility studies on an extension to Lindbergh Field since 2009. There are many different plans and scenarios for such an extension, but one of the possible scenarios is to extend the Orange Line from downtown San Diego up N. Harbor Drive to the passenger terminals on the south side of Lindbergh Field, with possible stops along the way. Currently, there is no projected start or completion date for such a proposed extension of the Orange Line to Lindbergh Field.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "San Diego Trolley, Inc." (pdf). San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (via: http://www.sdmts.com/MTS/About_MTS.asp). February 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b "MTS Announces a Record 95 Million Passengers Rode the Bus and Trolley in FY 2014". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. August 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  3. ^ a b "San Diego Trolley Fact Sheet" (pdf). San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (via: http://www.sdmts.com/Trolley/TrolleyFactSheet.asp). February 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  4. ^ "SDMTS - Trolley Information". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  5. ^ "San Diego's Green Line Will Finally Arrive Downtown In September". KPBS. April 30, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  6. ^ "San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad". Genessee & Wyoming. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "MTS Historical Timeline". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  8. ^ a b c Ristine, Jeff (July 23, 2006). "After 25 years, the trolley keeps on moving". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  9. ^ "September 2, 2012 Service Changes Major Bus and Trolley Service Changes". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. September 2, 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  10. ^ "Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project". San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  11. ^ a b "Trolley Renewal Breakthrough: New Low-Floor Trolleys Now Operate on the Orange Line!". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). January 9, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  12. ^ "Trolley Renewal Project". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-13.