A Siemens S70 trolley in the Gaslamp. Courtesy MTS

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System announced Tuesday it has ordered 45 new trolley cars from Siemens for use on the 11-mile Blue Line extension now under construction.

The $171 million order is for S70 low-floor trolleys with a redesigned middle section to improve passenger flow, provide greater wheelchair accessibility and increase bicycle storage. The cars will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing hub plant in Sacramento and begin arriving in 2018.

MTS will use 36 of the new vehicles on the Blue Line expansion, which will serve UC San Diego and the University City community. The additional nine vehicles will be used to increase frequency on other lines.

“Our relationship with Siemens is a true partnership,” said MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski. “We work together at every step to design the best-possible vehicle for our system and, more importantly, our riders.”

Siemens has been providing trolleys to MTS since 1981 The new order will bring MTS’ fleet to 173 cars.

Construction of the $2.1 billion Blue Line extension began earlier this month and service is expected to begin in 2021.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.