Orange Line (San Diego Trolley)
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. It currently operates between Downtown San Diego and El Cajon. 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.
The Orange Line is the second line in the San Diego Trolley system. Service began on March 23, 1986, originally as the East Line and initially operated between downtown San Diego and Euclid Avenue. The East Line, as it was then called, kept this name after successive extensions to Spring Street on May 12, 1989, to the El Cajon Transit Center on June 23, 1989, along the Bayside in downtown San Diego on June 30, 1990, and finally to Santee Town Center on August 26, 1995.
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.
Trolley Renewal Project
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 done over a period of time to prevent the disruption of operation. The new S70 models began operation on the Orange Line in January 2013, once all remaining Orange Line stations had been upgraded to handle them, and all renovation work on the Orange Line was completed in 2013.
2017 and 2018 realignment
On July 11, 2017, the Orange Line was once again realigned to terminate at America Plaza instead of Santa Fe Depot. MTS says the change should help improve on-time performance of the Orange Line and relieve train congestion at Santa Fe Depot.
In order to remove train congestion at America Plaza in preparation for the Mid-Coast trolley extension to University City, MTS constructed a new Courthouse station which serves Orange Line trolleys as the new western terminus for the line. Courthouse station is single platform station, and located on C street between State and Union. The station opened on April 29, 2018.
|Orange Line |
(Courthouse (Downtown)–Arnele Avenue)
|Courthouse||Serves the Courthouse. Opened on April 29, 2018.|
This station serves as the western terminus for the Orange Line only.
|Civic Center|| Blue Line
|Serves City Hall, Courthouse, and Horton Plaza.|
|Fifth Avenue|| Blue Line
|Serves Downtown San Diego.|
|City College|| Blue Line
|Serves San Diego City College, San Diego High School.|
|Park & Market|| Blue Line
|12th & Imperial Transit Center|| Blue Line
|Serves Petco Park.|
Universal transfer station for all lines.
Terminus for Green and Silver Lines.
|25th & Commercial|
|32nd & Commercial|
|Lemon Grove Depot|
|La Mesa Boulevard|
|Grossmont Transit Center||Green Line|
|Amaya Drive||Green Line|
|El Cajon Transit Center||Green Line|
|Arnele Avenue||Green Line||Terminus for Orange Line.|
Possible Extension to Lindbergh Field
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.
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