Our Mission
San Diego Vintage Trolley, Inc., a non-profit subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transit System, aims to recapture a piece of a beloved era in public transportation by acquiring and restoring vintage streetcars for operation in San Diego.






Enjoy the style and grace of earlier times as soon as you climb aboard the completely restored San Diego Vintage Trolley. Originally built in 1946, this President's Conference Committee (PCC) car #529 was designed to ignite the public's enthusiasm for streetcars. It is now working that same magic more than 60 years later.

Normal hours of operation for Vintage Trolley Silver Line Service are:
• Tuesdays & Thursdays - 9:52 a.m.* to 1:52 p.m.
• Saturdays & Sundays - 10:52 a.m.* to 3:22 p.m.

The Vintage Trolley Silver Line Service has limited hours of operation. 30 minute service* starts at the 12th & Imperial Transit Center.

*Note: Vintage Trolley Silver Line service is subject to cancellation due to weekend Trolley construction, special events, and/or vehicle maintenance. Please call Regional Transit Information to determine if the Vintage Trolley is operating on the day you want to ride. We apologize for any inconvenience. For updated information, please visit our In the News page. For information about the Trolley Renewal Construction Project visit: http://www.sdmts.com/trolleyrenewal.asp.


Streetcars Forever!


San Diego Vintage Trolley is proof that history repeats itself. And now you can experience a bygone era by taking a trip on an authentically restored Vintage Trolley in downtown San Diego.

Unveiled on August 18, 2011, the President’s Conference Committee (PCC) car #529 made its first trip around the downtown loop. This momentous day came after a six-year volunteer effort to restore a car that was originally built in 1946. Now, five additional cars are scheduled for restoration and will join #529 in service, giving San Diegans and visitors a chance to 'ride back in time'. Streetcars have been a part of San Diego’s history since the 1890s and there is now great interest to expand the Vintage Trolley concept. People envision streetcar operations extending north to Balboa Park and beyond.

Explore our website. Find out more about San Diego’s love affair with streetcars. Learn about the people and companies who dedicated more than 3,000 hours of volunteer labor and who contributed both materials and money to make #529 a reality. Streetcars are a growing phenomenon throughout North America. Passengers are flocking to ride. And sponsors are realizing a great return on investment as these wonderful reminders of our past – and our future! -- make positive impressions on millions of people who ride them and see them.

Note: Passengers are able to board at any of the stations the Vintage Trolley serves within the downtown loop (see map below). Public parking is available at the 12th & Imperial Transit Center.

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