Photographer's Note

Continuing my series on California Public Transportation, today I present a trolley (light train) at the Santee Town Center station.
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has three kinds of vehicles for the trolley service: the Siemens models U2, SD100 and the newest SD70. In this photo you see one of those glossy SD70 trolleys. In the WS you see the inside of this state-of-the-art trolley.
This model is used on the 19.3-mile Green Line, between Old Town San Diego and Santee, via Mission Valley and El Cajon, which opened to the public on July 10, 2005. Notice the wheelchairs spot marked on the station floor. The Santee Town Center station is on the site of a shopping center opened in 2001.

Maybe it is coincidence, but I saw these newer trolleys only on the Green Line, which serves the most wealthy neighborhoods of the network. Furthermore, in these trolleys I didn't listen to public address announcements in Spanish (only in English). In the Blue Line, for example, the PA system speaks always in English and Spanish. [Hispanic or Latino population: 11.36% in Santee (on the Green Line); 59.07% in National City and 49.59% in Chula Vista (both on the Blue Line).]

Please read also the notes and see of the photos of this series:
Red Train on Orange Line.
"Powered By Clean Natural Gas".
Happy Ride on Orange Line.
I made also a workshop of a fake stamp.

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