Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, all outreach events are postponed at this time.
We hope to resume giveaways in the coming months & will update this page with new dates accordingly.
25th Anniversary Press Conference
Full coverage of the 25th Anniversary (February 27, 2020) press conference at Oceanside Transit Center
History of COASTER
In 1982, planning began for the Coast Express Rail commuter rail service. On June 2, 1994, the NCTD Board of Directors created a non-profit corporation called the San Diego Northern Railway (SDNR) to maintain, enhance, and operate what is now known as the COASTER. On February 27, 1995, COASTER service commenced with six morning trains and six evening trains. Twenty-five years later, the COASTER continues its Oceanside to downtown San Diego service with 22 weekday trains and eight weekend trains servicing eight stops along the way including stations in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Sorrento Valley, and Old Town San Diego.
Today, COASTER has an annual ridership of more than 1.4 million and an average weekday ridership of nearly 4,900. The COASTER provides a service which helps the environment, provides a necessary travel option for many commuters, and works to alleviate congestion on the surrounding roadways. Throughout its 25 years of service, the COASTER has reduced travel on our congested roads and reduced harmful emissions by transporting customers over 927 million passenger miles.
NCTD currently operates a fleet of seven locomotives on the San Diego Subdivision of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) corridor to support COASTER operations. The fleet is composed of two F-59 locomotives and five F-40 locomotives. NCTD will receive five new locomotives by the end of 2020 and plans to purchase four additional locomotives, 11 new rail passenger cars, and complete the overhauls of the current fleet of rail cars to support increasing the number of trains operated from 22 to 42 trains per day over the next 36 months. The new locomotives are more environmentally friendly and will help NCTD achieve its goal of zero passenger delay.