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On Thursday, transportation administrators and local leaders will gather to celebrate the extension of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Green Line -- one of two lines serving La Mesa -- through Old Town and into downtown San Diego.
Starting Sept. 2, trolley riders heading west toward Mission Valley will be able to catch a Green Line train at La Mesa's Amaya, Grossmont, or 70th Street stops and ride through to downtown San Diego without having to stop, wait and switch trains in Old Town. (Click Here for full schedule changes.)
The Green Line extension is part of the $720 million Trolley Renewal project funded partially by TransNet, a regional half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by the San Diego Association of Governments. Construction to refurbish the 31-year-old trolley system began in fall 2010 and is expected to be complete in 2015. Improvements include 65 new low-floor vehicles, remodeled stations, new shelters, tracks, switches, and signaling and overhead wires. Upgrading of the Orange Line stations, which serve La Mesa at Spring Street, La Mesa Boulevard, Grossmont Center and Amaya Drive are also underway.
Thursday's celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Gaslamp Trolley Station 105 Sixth Avenue. MTS Chair Harry Mathis will be joined by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, SANDAG Chair and Encinitas Mayor Jerome Stocks, MTS Vice Chair and Counter Supervisor Ron Roberts and Leslie Rogers, regional administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation.