Orange Line (San Diego Trolley)

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SDT Orange Line at 5th2.jpg
Orange Line train at Downtown San Diego
5th Avenue Station (March 2008).
Overview
TypeLight rail
SystemSan Diego Trolley
StatusOperational
LocaleSan Diego, California
TerminiCourthouse station
Arnele Avenue
Stations18
Ridership10,896,289 (FY 2014)[1]
WebsiteSDMTS - Trolley
Operation
OpenedMarch 23, 1986; 33 years ago (1986-03-23)[2]
OwnerMetropolitan Transit System
Operator(s)San Diego Trolley, Inc.
Rolling stock3-car trains (typically, one SD100 between two streetcar-length S70US)
Technical
Line length18.0 mi (29.0 km)[citation needed]
Number of tracks2 tracks
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
(standard gauge)
Electrification600 V DC Overhead lines
Operating speed55 mph (89 km/h) (max)
Route map

Courthouse
Civic
Fifth Avenue
City College
Park & Market
12th & Imperial Transit Center
Greyhound Lines
San Diego Trolley Green Line.svg Green & San Diego Trolley Silver Line.svg Silver lines
Storage and Maintenance Yard
25th & Commercial
32nd & Commercial
47th Street
Euclid Avenue
Encanto/62nd Street
Massachusetts Avenue
Lemon Grove Depot
Spring Street
La Mesa Boulevard
Grossmont Transit Center
Amaya Drive
El Cajon Transit Center
Greyhound Lines
Arnele Avenue
Orange Line train at Downtown San Diego America Plaza (January 2008).

The Orange Line is an 18.0-mile (29.0 km)[citation needed] 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.[2] It currently operates between Downtown San Diego and El Cajon.[3][4] 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.[1]

The line is one of four lines in the Trolley system, the others include the Blue, Green and Silver lines.[2]

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.[5]

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.[6][7] The East Line, as it was then called, kept this name after successive extensions to Spring Street on May 12, 1989,[6] to the El Cajon Transit Center on June 23, 1989,[6] along the Bayside in downtown San Diego on June 30, 1990,[7] and finally to Santee Town Center on August 26, 1995.[6]

The line was renamed the Orange Line in 1997.[6] Service between Gillespie Field and Santee Town Center was replaced by the Green Line in July 2005 upon that line's introduction.[6][7]

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.[8]

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 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,[9] once all remaining Orange Line stations had been upgraded to handle them, and all renovation work on the Orange Line was completed in 2013.[9]

2017 and 2018 realignment[edit]

On July 11, 2017, the Orange Line was once again realigned to terminate at America Plaza instead of Santa Fe Depot.[10] MTS says the change should help improve on-time performance of the Orange Line and relieve train congestion at Santa Fe Depot.[11]

In order to remove train congestion at America Plaza in preparation for the Mid-Coast trolley extension to University City,[12] MTS constructed a new Courthouse station which serves Orange Line trolleys as the new western terminus for the line.[13][14] Courthouse station is single platform station, and located on C street between State and Union. The station opened on April 29, 2018.[15]

Stations[edit]

Orange Line
(Courthouse (Downtown)–Arnele Avenue)
Station Name Connections Bus Parking Info Notes
Courthouse MTS Bus icon.svg Serves the Courthouse. Opened on April 29, 2018.
This station serves as the western terminus for the Orange Line only.
Civic Center San Diego Trolley Blue Line.svg Blue Line
San Diego Trolley Silver Line.svg Silver Line
MTS Bus icon.svg Serves City Hall, Courthouse, and Horton Plaza.
Fifth Avenue San Diego Trolley Blue Line.svg Blue Line
San Diego Trolley Silver Line.svg Silver Line
MTS Bus icon.svg Serves Downtown San Diego.
City College San Diego Trolley Blue Line.svg Blue Line
San Diego Trolley Silver Line.svg Silver Line
MTS Bus icon.svg Serves San Diego City College, San Diego High School.
Park & Market San Diego Trolley Blue Line.svg Blue Line
San Diego Trolley Silver Line.svg Silver Line
MTS Bus icon.svg
12th & Imperial Transit Center San Diego Trolley Blue Line.svg Blue Line
San Diego Trolley Green Line.svg Green Line
San Diego Trolley Silver Line.svg 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 314-50 - Parkplatz, StVO 2013.svg
Euclid Avenue MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314-50 - Parkplatz, StVO 2013.svg
Encanto/62nd Street MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314-50 - Parkplatz, StVO 2013.svg
Massachusetts Avenue Zeichen 314-50 - Parkplatz, StVO 2013.svg
Lemon Grove Depot MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314-50 - Parkplatz, StVO 2013.svg
Spring Street MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314-50 - Parkplatz, StVO 2013.svg
La Mesa Boulevard MTS Bus icon.svg
Grossmont Transit Center San Diego Trolley Green Line.svg Green Line MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314-50 - Parkplatz, StVO 2013.svg
Amaya Drive San Diego Trolley Green Line.svg Green Line Zeichen 314-50 - Parkplatz, StVO 2013.svg
El Cajon Transit Center San Diego Trolley Green Line.svg Green Line MTS Bus icon.svg Zeichen 314-50 - Parkplatz, StVO 2013.svg
Arnele Avenue San Diego Trolley Green Line.svg Green Line Zeichen 314-50 - Parkplatz, StVO 2013.svg Terminus for Orange Line.

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.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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 September 19, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "San Diego Trolley, Inc" (pdf). San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. February 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2015 – via http://www.sdmts.com/about-mts.
  3. ^ "SDMTS - Trolley". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. 2015. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "San Diego's Green Line Will Finally Arrive Downtown In September". KPBS. April 30, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  5. ^ "San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad". Genessee & Wyoming. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "MTS Historical Timeline". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Jeff Ristine (July 23, 2006). "After 25 years, the trolley keeps on moving". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  8. ^ "SDMTS Service Changes, September 2012". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. September 2, 2012. Archived from the original on April 30, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  9. ^ 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 January 24, 2014.
  10. ^ "June Service Changes". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  11. ^ "Metropolitan Transit System Facebook Comment". June 9, 2017. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  12. ^ "Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project". San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  13. ^ Alexander Nguyen (June 30, 2015). "SANDAG, MTS Receives State Grant to Bolster Public Transit". Times of San Diego. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  14. ^ Caroline Howe (March 18, 2016). "San Diego MTS Announces $108 Million in Projects". Times of San Diego. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  15. ^ Kelly Hessedal (April 29, 2018). "New trolley station opens in downtown San Diego". KFMB-TV CBS 8. Retrieved April 30, 2018.

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