Oceanside Transit Center Platform Improvement Project

Oceanside Transit Center

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 counties.

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Construction Info Sessions were held on May 21, 24, and 25, 2016.

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Project Hotline: (858) 549-RAIL

Project Email: [email protected]

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