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El Cajon

The San Diego Trolley extension to El Cajon received a $12.9-million boost Tuesday from the California Department of Transportation during a ceremonial check presentation at the Euclid Avenue Trolley Station.

Caltrans Director Leo J. Trombatore presented the check to James Mills, chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Development Board, which operates the trolley. Caltrans spokesman Jim Larson said the money will buy trolley cars and pay construction costs.

The 11.1-mile extension project will link the Euclid Avenue station in downtown San Diego to West Main Street and Marshall Avenue in El Cajon, Larson said. About 10% of the work has been done on the project, and completion is expected in August, 1989.

Caltrans has committed $35.2 million to the extension, Larson said, adding that $29.2 million has been received by MTDB to date. He said the remainder will be given next year. Federal, state and local funds have been used for the $103.6-million project.

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