Solana Beach, CA – Beginning Monday, March 8, 2021, the North County Transit District (NCTD), in coordination with Scripps Health, will provide a free, direct shuttle service between the Solana Beach Station and the Scripps Del Mar Fairgrounds Vaccination Super Station (Super Station).
This shuttle expands upon last month’s partnership between NCTD and MTS to provide free transit rides for people going to and from their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Free transit rides will continue for all County residents traveling to other County vaccination stations, hospitals, and other community immunization locations.
“NCTD is committed, using every tool within our means, to remove as many barriers as possible to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. We brainstorm daily with our partners on how to support and move our community forward.” said Tony Kranz, NCTD Board Chair and City of Encinitas Deputy Mayor. “This additional shuttle is another step toward helping our community get past the pandemic and look forward to a brighter future on the horizon.”
The free shuttle will depart from the Solana Beach Station (N. Cedros Avenue side) and take passengers directly to the Super Station entrance located on Jimmy Durante Boulevard. Riders will be dropped off to access the Super Station walk-through services and permitted to reboard a departing shuttle according to the schedule below. There will be no other stops along the route. The Solana Beach Station serves the COASTER, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, and BREEZE Routes 101 and 308.
In order to board the shuttle, riders will be required to show that day’s confirmation of their vaccine appointment, in the form of a print-out or on their smartphone. Riders will board on a first-come, first serve basis. Advance reservations are not available. NCTD, in accordance with the federal directive, requires passengers to wear a mask and will not allow riders to board if they are sick. All riders are encouraged to arrive to the Solana Beach Station with enough time to board and travel on the shuttle to the Super Station to arrive on-time for their appointment.
The shuttle will operate seven days per week, aligning with the current Super Station service hours (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.), per the schedule as shown below. Shuttle service may be extended in the future if the Super Station hours expand.
For those needing assistance reaching the Solana Beach Station, please consult the NCTD Trip Planner or call Customer Service at (760) 966-6500.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and appointments, visit the Vaccination Super Station website. For those who wish to be notified when they become eligible for the vaccine and schedule their appointment, they may sign up on the State of California’s My Turn website.