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All Aboard: Amtrak to Add Stops in Encinitas

Encinitas residents will no longer have to travel to Solana Beach to board the Pacific Surfliner.

Amtrak officials are putting the finishing touches on plans to add stops in Encinitas on the Pacific Surfliner’s schedule, according to an Amtrak spokeswoman.

Currently the train races across town, bypassing the station on the corner of Vulcan Avenue and D Street on its way to Solana Beach or Oceanside.

Details on when Encinitas service will begin and which trains will stop here have not been finalized, said Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham, but negotiations are under way.

“It will be coming soon,” Graham said.

The Surfliner will also add stops in Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad Poinsettia and Sorrento Valley. The Coaster commuter train also stops at those stations, as well as Encinitas.

A timetable that went into affect on April 1 includes trains that have scheduled stops listed in Encinitas, but Graham said those are placeholders in anticipation of the new service. That schedule is attached to this article in the PDF section.

The placeholders list three daily stops in Encinitas for both northbound and southbound trains, but Graham said those are subject to change.

Greg Lefevre April 11, 2013 at 07:40 PM
We are Amtrak regulars and this is great news for us and for Encinitas.
Eric Simpson April 15, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Been a long, long time since I've caught an Amtrak train in Encinitas...in fact, I think it was pre-Amtrak, when the station that became the Pannikin was still operating.
Jeff Trimble April 15, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Adding Encinitas and maybe Sorrento Valley will be helpful to many riders, but not all the stations listed. This makes the route to slow.

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