Carlsbad Connector launches app-based shuttle between train station and workplaces
CARLSBAD (KUSI) – When the Coaster train arrived at Carlsbad Poinsettia Station from Downtown San Diego at 8:36 this morning, several people got off and headed to waiting vans. Welcome to the inauguration of the Carlsbad Connector, an app-based on-demand shuttle service taking commuters to and from the station to Carlsbad’s core workplaces. Kirk Leopoldo works at Carlsbad-based Walmart Labs. He lives downtown.
He told me that previously, ” (I’m) taking the train, then it’s the last mile, Uber or walk. Now I jump on the shuttle and I’m there.”
Three entities are involved in the $650,000 pilot program: The City of Carlsbad, the North County Transit District and SANDAG, the region’s transportation planning agency. The Connector is free with a Coaster pass, $2.50 one-way for riders without. Officials at the launch ceremony said businesses here are thrilled at what this means for recruiting and retaining workers– pointing to the gridlocked I-5– and will likely kick in for at least some of the costs. Did we mention the shuttle will have lunchtime service.
Carlsbad officials also emphasized how this will address the City’s Climate Action Plan goals.