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San Diego agencies complete Oceanside Transit Center upgrades

The station has been expanded to allow for simultaneous boardings of Coaster, Metrolink and Amtrak trains.
Photo – Metrolink's website


The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the North County Transit District (NCTD) have wrapped up a $28 million improvement project at the Oceanside Transit Center in Oceanside, California.

The station has been expanded to allow riders to board Coaster, Metrolink and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains at the same time. The project was designed to reduce train idling outside the station and boost regional transit service, SANDAG officials said in a press release.

Other improvements include new shelters, seating and electronic signs that display real-time arrivals and departures. Crews also installed a third-rail track in the center of the right-of-way to further reduce train idling. Construction began in June 2016.

One of the busiest transit stations in California, the Oceanside Transit Center serves more than 220 trains and buses each day, said Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery.

The project received about $21 million in funding through the TransNet regional half-cent sales tax for transportation. The remaining costs were covered by the Federal Transit Administration funds and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars.

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