MTS to add 45 new light rail vehicles

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SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has ordered 45 new light rail vehicles for use on its 53 miles of double-tracked railway.

MTS will use 36 of the new LRVs on its Mid-Coast Trolley expansion, a new service to help manage current and future travel demand to and from the University City community. The additional nine vehicles will be used to increase frequency on the UC San Diego Blue and Orange lines.

The new order of low-floor LRVs will feature a redesigned middle section to improve passenger flow, including greater wheelchair accessibility and bicycle storage.

MTS recently sold or retired 71 original vehicles. The new S70s will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, Calif.

The first vehicles are expected to arrive in late 2018.