Oceanside Transit Center Platform Improvement Project

Oceanside Transit Center

To enhance regional transit service, SANDAG and the North County Transit District (NCTD) are undertaking 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. See the latest construction activity updates by visiting the Notices tab. 

Planned improvements include 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, and constructing new crossovers to improve operations. After the project is completed, Metrolink and COASTER trains will be able to use the new track, leaving the two existing main rail lines available for Amtrak and passing freight trains.

The station also is being improved with customer amenities, including new shelters, seating, and electronic signs displaying real-time arrivals and departures. New directional lighting will be designed to illuminate the platform while minimizing light to the surrounding area. Additionally, level boarding improvements will be made to better accommodate disabled Amtrak passengers.

During construction, nearby residents and businesses can expect intermittent noise and lights as crews work on the rail line and station platforms, as well as move equipment in the railroad right-of-way. Other considerations include dust, intermittent nighttime work, and occasional service interruptions in order for crews to meet significant construction milestones. SANDAG and NCTD will work to minimize noise and other impacts to nearby residents and businesses during construction.

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 transit services between San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties.

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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:


Brandy Sweitzer
Phone: (619) 595-5610
Email: Brandy.Sweitzer@sandag.org
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