The Coaster – San Diego North County to Downtown

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The Coaster, is a commuter rail service that operates from San Diego North County real estate agea to Downtown San Diego  ( See Coaster Schedule).   The service is operated by TransitAmerica on contract with North County Transit District (NCTD). The service has eight stops serving  San Diego, Solana Beach homes, Encinitas homes, Carlsbad homes, and Oceanside homes . Service operates primarily during weekday peak periods, but limited weekday midday, Friday evening, and Saturday service also exist. Special evening service is provided when the San Diego Padres play Monday-Thursday evening home games.


Coaster service began February 27, 1995. Money for right-of-way acquisition and construction costs came from TransNet, a 1987 measure that imposed a 0.5% sales tax on San Diego County residents for transportation projects. NCTD originally contracted Amtrak to provide personnel for Coaster trains. On July 1, 2006, TransitAmerica took over the day-to-day operation of the commuter train, based on a five-year, USD 45 million contract with SDNR.

The Coaster carried 700,000 passengers during its first year of operation. By 2004, it was carrying 1.4 million passengers annually. Approximately 40% of weekday commuters detrain at Sorrento Valley.  NCTD owns 62 mi of mainline track, as well as the 22 mi (35 km) Escondido Branch that is served by the Escondido Sprinter to  Oceanside, which began service in March 2008.

In 2008, the  North County Transit District started light rail service from the Escondido real estate area to the Oceanside transit terminal.   First, let me say the trains themselves are beautiful and truly state of the art. They are sleek, quiet and efficient. The engines are diesel multiple units and they run on 22 miles of track from the Escondido homes area to Oceanside along the Highway 78 corridor. There are 15 stations along the way. However, the name Sprinter should probably have been “Snail” because that is about how fast they go. If you really want to go all the way to the coast quickly, there are a way too many stops. Best thing to do is to take something to read or work on along as you travel. Enjoy NCTD Sprinter Video.

The Coaster and The Sprinter Inprove the San Diego North County Real Estate Area

By helping get cars off the road
By providing freedom for seniors, students and workers.
By offering reliable, affordable, and stress free transportation from San Diego to Los Angeles (Not affordable for taxpayers)

Service Features of the The Coaster and Sprinter

A sleek, quiet, and efficient transportation system
Safe, state of the art rail vehicles
Seven days a week passenger service

The Coaster and Sprinter Help Create a More Livable San Diego North County Real Estate Area

Offers an easy way for employees and consumers to travel from their San Diego North County homes to the San Diego

Provides a way to live in San Diego North County homes and easily commute downtown.

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