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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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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