To enhance regional
transit service, SANDAG and the North County Transit District (NCTD) completed a major expansion of the Oceanside Transit Center (OTC) to increase
the number of trains that can board passengers at the same time and allow
freight trains to move through the station while passenger trains are boarding.
Station improvements included extending an existing boarding platform to the north,
adding a third rail track in the center of the railroad right-of-way, building
a new 1,000-foot-long boarding platform to the south, adding a new passenger
walkway at the southern end of the transit center connecting to the new platform, and constructing new
crossovers to improve operations. Following completion of the project, COASTER trains are able to use the new track, leaving the two existing main
rail lines available for Amtrak, Metrolink, and passing freight trains.
The project has enhanced customer amenities, including new shelters,
seating, and electronic signs displaying real-time arrivals
and departures. New directional lighting was designed to illuminate the
platform while minimizing light to the surrounding area. Additionally, level
boarding improvements have been made to better accommodate disabled Amtrak passengers.
OTC is one
of the busiest transit centers in the San Diego region. More than 1.2 million
passengers annually board trains and buses at OTC. The transit center connects passenger rail service between San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles
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Construction Info Sessions were held on May 21, 24, and 25, 2016.
Information was shared with attendees about the rail project and what to expect during construction including:
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