Poinsettia Station Improvements
The project renovated the Poinsettia Station, located in the City of Carlsbad, to improve traveler wait times, provide easier access, reduce train delays, enhance pedestrian safety, and upgrade station amenities. Improvements included lengthening and elevating passenger platforms, installing a fence between the tracks within the station, replacing the existing at-grade rail crossings with a grade-separated undercrossing, and relocating existing tracks.
The new platform was lengthened to 1,000 feet to accommodate longer trains, which can serve increased numbers of passengers. Raising the station platform to 15" will facilitate level boarding for Amtrak passengers, allowing them to board quickly and easily. SANDAG and North County Transit District have been working closely with the Federal Railroad Administration to meet all federal platform height guidelines.
The undercrossing features stairways and ramps on both sides of the tracks. These features are designed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and facilitate the crossing of bicyclists and pedestrians. The inter-track fence prevents pedestrians from crossing the tracks. Station enhancements include new shelters, signage, and updated lighting.
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