Coaster service celebrating 20th anniversary

OCEANSIDE (CNS) – The North County Transit District Friday will begin celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Coaster train service.

The commuter train that runs down the shoreline between Oceanside and downtown San Diego has grown in ridership from 700,000 passenger trips the first year to 1.7 million annually now, according to the agency.

The NCTD says it will mark the Coaster’s two decades of operation with customer-appreciation activities through the end of March, including an online rider-generated photo contest.

The celebrations will begin at 7 a.m at the Oceanside Transit Center. Another event is set for afternoon riders at 3 p.m.

Anniversary celebrations will continue Tuesday at the Carlsbad Village station, March 10 at the Carlsbad Poinsettia station, March 12 at the Solana Beach station, March 17 at the Encinitas station, and March 24 at the Sorrento Valley station, according to the transit agency.

The NCTD says on its website that in the future, it plans to propose a new station at Camp Pendleton, along with limited use stops at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and San Diego Convention Center.

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