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Fifth Avenue trolley station to close for three months

The Fifth Avenue trolley station will be closed beginning Monday, Dec. 17, for approximately three months for renovations as part of the $720 million trolley renewal project. Passengers can use the Civic Center Trolley Station located two blocks west or the City College Trolley Station located five blocks to the east.

This is the last station in the downtown section to be renovated as part of the trolley renewal project. The majority of the work will be to raise the platform to accommodate new low-floor trolley cars. New pavers, passenger shelters and next departure electronic signs will be installed. Work also includes expanding the platform length to provide room for pedestrians crossing C Street at Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

During construction, there may be temporary lane closures on Fifth and Sixth avenues to allow for construction deliveries or construction activities. Access for pedestrians and local businesses around the station will be maintained during construction.

The trolley renewal project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014. All stations from Old Town to San Ysidro on the Blue Line and Green Line and from La Mesa Boulevard to America Plaza on the Orange Line are being renovated. By April of 2013, all Orange Line and Green Line stations will be complete and work will begin on the Blue Line stations.

When complete, new low-floor trolley cars will operate throughout the MTS trolley network and passengers will enjoy faster trips, better on-time performance, and enhanced amenities including electronic message boards and new shelters. Work will also include Quiet Zone improvements in the downtown area for heavy rail.

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