New sleeker, more modern trolley cars designed to make it easier for passengers to get on and off are now in service between San Diego and El Cajon.
The new trolley cars, which have been operating on the Green Line between Old Town and Santee for several years now, began running on the Orange Line between downtown San Diego and El Cajon for the first time Tuesday, according to the Metropolitan Transit System.
In order to use the new cars, the MTS had to fix up trolley stations along the Orange Line.
Work included the expansion of passenger platforms and upgrades to passenger shelters and electronic signage.
The renovations were part of a $720 million trolley renewal project.
The agency is also fixing up the Blue Line from Old Town to San Ysidro as part of the renewal project, and the newer-style trolley cars should begin running there in about two years.
To help fund the renewal project, MTS sold two dozen older trolley cars to Mendoza, Argentina, for $5.1 million.