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NCTD marks rollout of Coaster locomotives, rail cars

Shown left to right: Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, U.S. Rep. Mike Levin and NCTD Chair Tony Kranz celebrate the rollout of the new Coaster locomotives and overhauled passenger cars.
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The North County Transit District (NCTD) in Oceanside, California, recently marked the service rollout of five new Siemens locomotives and several renovated Coaster passenger cars.

The overhauled Coaster coach and cab cars will be painted with a new color scheme, and will be equipped with new seating upholstery, new carpet, upgraded LED lighting and charging amenities at some seats.

Funding for the five new replacement locomotives came from a $10 million grant from the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District Carl Moyer Program, along with $46.6 million from the State of California Senate Bill 1 (SB1). Funding for the overhaul of the Coaster cars is provided by federal, state and local sources.

In addition to the five replacement locomotives and overhaul of Coaster coach and cab cars, NCTD will be receiving two replacement locomotives, two expansion locomotives, 10 expansion bilevel passenger coaches and one replacement rail cab to support regional plans to increase train frequencies from 22 to 42 trains per average weekday over the next three to five years. The San Diego Association of Governments is funding the expansion equipment.

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