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COASTER: As of Monday, 3/23, all weekend trains and some weekday trains suspended Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the North County Transit District (NCTD) is experiencing significant declines in ridership and has determined that temporary service reductions will be implemented for COASTER commuter trains. The following temporary service reductions will be in effect beginning […]
Find the COVID-19 Impacts and Funding Opportunities fact sheet discussing impacts to revenue service and current funding opportunities to keep our vital services running.
California has issued Executive Order N-25-20 (Order) regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Order issued a directive that certain public gatherings should be postponed or canceled. The Governor, through the Order, has provided authority to public agencies to conduct public meetings over teleconference systems where possible. The public may view the meetings online using live streaming at the link: https://www.youtube.com/GoNCTD. Board Members may participate in NCTD Committee meetings via teleconference in accordance with the Order.
Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, including the order by the State of California public health officials for anyone living in the state to stay home, in-person participation at the NCTD Board of Directors meetings will not be allowed. Pursuant to the Order, NCTD is providing alternatives to in-person attendance for viewing and participating in NCTD Committee meetings. Members of the public may submit their comments via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Public comments via email may be received up until the agenda item is called. Large groups wishing to comment on a common item are encouraged to submit comments in writing. Public comments submitted will be provided to the Committee and included in the record of the Committee Meeting.
While emailed comments are preferred, the public may also provide oral comments on agenda items by calling (760) 966-6560. When prompted, the caller should identify the agenda item they wish to speak about and leave a message not to exceed three minutes. All timely received telephonic comments will be shared with the Board of Directors during the meeting and will be made publicly available.
North County Transit District (NCTD) is experiencing significant declines in ridership and has determined that temporary service reductions will be implemented for COASTER commuter trains. The following temporary service reductions will be in effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice.
Weekend COASTER Service:
All weekend COASTER service will be suspended. Service will not run between Oceanside and Santa Fe Depot on Saturdays or Sundays beginning on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
Weekday COASTER Service:
Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, the temporary schedule for weekday (Monday-Friday) service will only include the “active” trains below. “Suspended” trains will not operate.
|COASTER No.||Oceanside Departure Time||Active/Suspended|
|COASTER No.||Santa Fe Depot Departure Time||Active/Suspended|
(may run up to 5 minutes late)
In addition to the COASTER trips which will remain active, riders with a valid COASTER Regional day or monthly pass will still be able to ride the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner. Amtrak will also be implementing service reductions. Riders may visit PacificSurfliner.com or call 800-872-7245 for the latest information regarding Amtrak travel advisories.
In light of the recent school closures in the north San Diego area due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the North County Transit District (NCTD) will halt “school tripper” BREEZE bus service that is in place for students accessing these schools. School trippers generally only operate on school days during the regular school year. They are put in place in lieu of school bus service to act as a means of transportation for school age riders to get to and from elementary, middle, and high schools along the route.
In an effort to reduce the necessary bus trips along certain routes, these school tripper runs will be halted until schools resume regular activity. The following BREEZE bus routes will be affected:
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, coronavirus is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) .
NCTD is monitoring situational updates and guidance from the CDC, the California Department of Health and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to stay on top of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is currently in the initiation phases, but states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.
NCTD and its contractors, MV Transportation and Bombardier, work on a daily basis to keep you safe while riding public transit.
Bus – Revenue vehicles are cleaned each night (vacuum, mopping, and cleaning spills or extremely dirty seats) and disinfected three times a week with Zep Spirit II, which is effective against COVID-19. The disinfectant is applied to all hard surfaces that are commonly touched (seat backs, fare box, driver controls, all handrails, walls, and windows). In addition, the floors are mopped with Triton solution on a nightly basis.
Rail – NCTD’s rail contractor walks each COASTER car daily to monitor and replenish dispensers for soap, tissue, paper towels, and hand sanitizer. All rail cars are cleaned daily, which includes vacuuming and wiping all surfaces with disinfectants Rejuvnal and Oxivir tb wipes (hospital grade disinfectant).
Facilities – NCTD’s contracted employees clean restrooms daily. They also wipe commonly touched surfaces daily (door handles, touch pads, ticket vending machines, etc..). Facilities utilizes Zep Spirit II for surfaces and Triton solution for floor cleaning.
NCTD Coronavirus Response video
*NEW* NCTD Safety FAQ’s
Is there any change in NCTD service levels?
As of Monday, March 23, some weekday and all weekend COASTER trains will be suspended. Also, during school closures, BREEZE school trippers will be suspended. All other services will run as scheduled.
Who should I contact if I have any concerns?
Please contact NCTD Customer Service at (760) 966-6500 during business hours or via the Contact forms. Customer Service will direct the information to the appropriate responsibility party.
Where else can I go for additional information?
Below is a list of websites with additional information on COVID-19.
Videos courtesy of the World Health Organization