PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will close for annual maintenance next week, officials said Tuesday. The tram will close Sept. 8 and is tentatively scheduled to reopen Sept. 20, spokesman Greg Purdy said.

Workers will exchange a tram car's carriage, test loads and emergency
systems, and clean, refurbish and paint the tram's two stations, he said.

``These projects are always scheduled during our shutdown period to
prevent any disruption to our guests' overall tram experience." said tram
general manager Rob Parkins.

For information, go to www.pstramway.com.