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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 […]

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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 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.

Southbound

COASTER No. Oceanside Departure Time Active/Suspended
630 5:03 a.m. Active
634 6:02 a.m. Suspended
636 6:33 a.m. Active
638 7:15 a.m. Suspended
640 7:40 a.m. Active
644 9:37 a.m. Suspended
648 11:08 a.m. Suspended
654 2:42 p.m. Active
656 3:32 p.m. Active
660 5:11 p.m. Suspended
662 5:41 p.m. Active

Northbound

COASTER No. Santa Fe Depot Departure Time Active/Suspended
631 6:15 a.m. Active
635 7:39 a.m. Active
(may run up to 5 minutes late)
639 9:18 a.m. Active
645 12:49 p.m. Suspended
651 1:56 p.m. Suspended
653 3:36 p.m. Suspended
655 4:21 p.m. Active
657 4:53 p.m. Active
661 5:38 p.m. Suspended
663 6:26 p.m. Suspended
665 7:13 p.m. Active

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.

No other service changes or reductions are planned at this time.

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2020 Scheduled Closures
The following are the currently scheduled weekend dates for 2020 rail closures.
Dates are tentative and may change at any time due to weather constraints or construction needs.
2020

  • January 11-12
  • February 1-2
  • February 22-23
  • March 7-8
  • April 18-19
  • October 3-4
  • October 17-18

Complete Rail Closures

An Absolute Work Window (AWW) or coastal rail closure means there will be no COASTER or Amtrak service between Oceanside Transit Center and Santa Fe Depot. Please plan ahead to take other forms of transportation during this service interruption. There will be no replacement bus service connecting COASTER station stops. Alternatives for passengers who normally use the COASTER include BREEZE bus Route 101 or MTS connections.

Dates for rail corridor closures are chosen in order to reduce operational and community impacts. The work being done is necessary in order to improve California’s infrastructure. The rail will re-open for regularly scheduled COASTER and all other rail service in time for the morning commute on Monday. Please note that trains may be delayed up to fifteen minutes on this day.

Due to work pertaining to the San Marcos Creek Project, the following detour will be in effect Monday-Friday, from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM until further notice

347 Eastbound
Continue on San Marcos Blvd.
R- Bent Ave
Continue straight as this road turns into Craven Rd.
Continue Run…

Due to the closure of Pala Casino relating to the COVID-19 virus, we will no longer be servicing the stop on Pala Casino property, effective Saturday, March 21, 2020. Also impacted will be the westbound stops on Pala Mission Rd.

Westbound
Continue West Hwy 76 to traffic light at Pala Mission Rd.
R- Pala Mission Rd. (east)
Continue Route

Starting Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice, the following detour will be in effect due to the closure of Pauma Casino. There will be a gate restricting access into Pauma Casino. Drivers will be utilizing the stop on Hwy 76 nearest Pauma Reservation Road as the Pauma Casino Timepoint. The following detours will be in effect:

388 Northbound from Hwy 76
Remain on Hwy 76
(do not turn right onto Pauma Reservation Rd.)
Continue Run…

388 Southbound from Hwy 76
Remain on Hwy 76
(do not turn left onto Pauma Reservation Rd.)
Continue Run…

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:

  • Route 303 – Servicing Oceanside High School
    • Westbound Monday-Friday 6:38 a.m. & 6:16 a.m.
    • Eastbound Monday-Friday 2:32 p.m. + Wednesday 2:02 p.m.
  • Route 305 – Servicing Mission Hills High School
    • Westbound Monday-Friday 3:00 p.m.
    • Eastbound Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 7:32 a.m. + Thursday 8:15 a.m.
  • Route 305 – Servicing San Marcos Middle School
    • Westbound Wednesday 1:11 p.m. + Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2:09 p.m.
  • Route 308 – Servicing Del Lago Academy
    • Westbound Monday-Friday 8:04 a.m.
    • Eastbound Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 3:50 p.m.
  • Route 309 – Servicing Sage Creek Elementary
    • Southbound Monday-Friday 2:51 p.m.
    • Northbound Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6:46 a.m. + Wednesday 7:47 a.m.
  • Route 311 – Servicing MLK Middle School & El Camino High School
    • Southbound Monday-Friday 6:33 a.m.
    • Northbound Monday-Friday 2:14 p.m.
  • Route 311 – Servicing MLK Middle School
    • Northbound Monday 1:10 p.m.
  • Route 311 – Servicing El Camino High School
    • Northbound Wednesday 1:40 p.m. + Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2:10 p.m.
  • Route 323 – Servicing Carlsbad High School
    • Westbound Wednesday 6:16 a.m.
  • Route 323 – Servicing Sage Creek Elementary & Carlsbad High School
    • Eastbound Monday-Friday 2:45 p.m.
    • Westbound Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6:08 a.m. + Wednesday 7:09 a.m.
  • Route 350 – Servicing San Pasqual High School & Bear Valley Middle School
    • Southbound Monday-Friday 6:53 a.m.
    • Northbound Tuesday 1:30 p.m., 1:44 p.m., 1:59 p.m. + Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 2:29 p.m., 2:38 p.m., 2:53 p.m.
  • Route 354 – Servicing Orange Glen High School
    • Eastbound Monday-Friday 6:48 a.m.
    • Westbound Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 2:55 p.m. + Monday 2:06 p.m.
  • Route 445 – Servicing San Marcos High School & High Tech High School
    • Westbound Monday-Friday 8:01 a.m.
    • Eastbound Monday-Friday 3:45 p.m.

No other service changes or reductions are in place at this time.

Beginning Tuesday, February 18, SDG&E will be replacing pipeline segments on a rolling basis along Midway Drive and Bear Valley Parkway. The project is expected to last 7-8 months with work hours between 7:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday. During construction, bus stops may be temporary closed for 1-5 days. Notification and temporary bus stop closure signs will be provided five days prior to closure. No route detours are anticipated.

Beginning Friday, February 7th, and until further notice, the Vista Courthouse stop (located inside the complex) will be temporarily closed due to ongoing construction. Temporary stops will be placed just outside of Melrose Drive near the driveway entrance into the complex.

See below for placement of temporary stops:

Starting Tuesday, September 3rd through Spring 2020, the City of Escondido will begin the El Norte Parkway Improvement Project which may result in traffic delays. Detour will be in effect Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. During this time, the following detours will be in effect:

Route 355
Continue E. Valley Pkwy
L- Beven Dr
L- Burnet Dr
Cont. on Burnet Dr
L- Jack Oak Dr
R- Oakwood Creek Way
L- Kaile Lane
R- El Norte Pkwy
Continue run…

Route 357
From El Norte Pkwy
L- Kaile Lane
R- Oakwood Creek Way
L – Jack Creek Rd
R- Burnett Dr
Continue on Burnet
R- Beven Dr
R- East Valley Pkwy
Continue run…

On Monday, August 12, Palomar Health Medical Center will be starting new construction in the parking area where buses exit at the current stop. This exit will be closed through December 2020 (estimated completion time). During the construction, a new bus stop will be located next to the shuttle bus stop, near the main entrance of the facility.

Buses will be entering the property after turning onto Health Center Driveway North and will make the first immediate right turn and continue to the shuttle bus stop to load and unload passengers.

Due to ongoing construction on Vista Way between Emerald Drive and Cedar Road, there will be a detour set up Eastbound and Westbound for the 302 Routes. The following detour will be in effect from 4:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., 7 days a week. This detour will continue until further notice. There are temporary bus stops set up on Cedar Road close to Vista Way. The bus stops on Vista Way between Emerald Drive and Cedar Road will be closed Eastbound and Westbound.

Eastbound 302 from Vista Way
L- Cedar
R- West Drive
R- Emerald
L- Vista Way
Continue run….

Westbound 302 from Vista Way
R- Emerald
L – West Drive
L – Cedar
R- Vista Way
Continue run…

No service alerts at this time.

No service alerts at this time.

Holiday Transit Schedule

New Year’s Day: All services will offer a Sunday service schedule

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: All services will offer a normal service schedule

Presidents’ Day: All services will offer a normal service schedule

Cesar Chavez Day: All services will offer a normal service schedule

Memorial Day: SPRINTER, BREEZE, FLEX, and LIFT will offer a Saturday service schedule; COASTER will offer a Sunday service schedule

Independence Day: All services will offer a Saturday service schedule

Labor Day: SPRINTER, BREEZE, FLEX, and LIFT will offer a Saturday service schedule; COASTER will offer a Sunday service schedule

Veterans Day: All services will offer a normal service schedule

Thanksgiving Day: All services will offer a Sunday service schedule

Day after Thanksgiving: SPRINTER, BREEZE, FLEX, and LIFT will offer a normal service schedule; COASTER will offer a Saturday service schedule

Christmas Eve: All services will offer a normal service schedule

Christmas Day: All services will offer a Sunday service schedule

New Year’s Eve: All services will offer a normal service schedule + late trains + free rides after 6:00pm

Service Management

We work hard to provide efficient, effective, and timely services for our customers. Unfortunately, delays happen, and it can be a delicate balance of how we utilize our resources to get the schedule back on time and deliver our passengers where they need to go. When there are delays, we understand that you may feel like you are in
the dark, with little information and a lot of time spent waiting for something to happen. View NCTD’s service management philosophy and processes in this section to see what we’re doing to get your commute back on track.

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