Today, COASTER has an annual ridership of more than 1.4 million and an average weekday ridership of nearly 4,900. The COASTER provides a service which helps the environment, provides a necessary travel option for many commuters, and works to alleviate congestion on the surrounding roadways. Throughout its 25 years of service, the COASTER has reduced travel on our congested roads and reduced harmful emissions by transporting customers over 927 million passenger miles.
NCTD currently operates a fleet of seven locomotives on the San Diego Subdivision of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) corridor to support COASTER operations. The fleet is composed of two F-59 locomotives and five F-40 locomotives. NCTD will receive five new locomotives by the end of 2020 and plans to purchase four additional locomotives, 11 new rail passenger cars, and complete the overhauls of the current fleet of rail cars to support increasing the number of trains operated from 22 to 42 trains per day over the next 36 months. The new locomotives are more environmentally friendly and will help NCTD achieve its goal of zero passenger delay.
The COASTER 25th Anniversary celebration will kick off on Thursday, February 27 with a giveaway event at the Oceanside Transit Center from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and free rides all day for COASTER riders (Rail 2 Rail not included). On Friday, February 28, the festivities will continue with giveaways from NCTD and local radio stations Sunny 98.1 and ALT 94.9 at Carlsbad Village COASTER station and Encinitas COASTER station from 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Throughout the year, NCTD will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the COASTER with events each month at different COASTER stations.
“The COASTER is a staple in our community providing reliable connectivity within San Diego County,” said NCTD Board Chair and Encinitas council member Tony Kranz. “We are so pleased to celebrate this anniversary with the public by offering free rides! If you’re a regular customer or just trying it for the first time, come take a ride on the COASTER and experience the amazing scenery and quality service that NCTD offers every day.”
“NCTD is delighted to celebrate this milestone with San Diego,” said NCTD Executive Director Matthew Tucker. “And, as we look to the future, NCTD will significantly increase service frequencies on COASTER, implement real time information, and improve first and last mile connections to COASTER stations. The next few years are going to be very exciting!”
For more information about free rides on COASTER and the COASTER 25th Anniversary, visit GoNCTD.com/COASTER25th.
About NCTD: The North County Transit District is a public transportation agency providing over 10 million passenger trips annually throughout North San Diego County and into downtown San Diego. NCTD’s system includes BREEZE buses (with FLEX service), COASTER commuter trains, SPRINTER hybrid rail trains, and LIFT paratransit service. NCTD’s mission is to deliver safe, convenient, reliable, and user-friendly public transportation services. For more information visit: GoNCTD.com.