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Coaster to Test Late-Night Trains During SD County Fair

The new daily trains will depart the Encinitas station southbound at 10:47 p.m. and northbound at 12:26 a.m. from June 8 through July 6.

The Coaster will be running special night trains during the San Diego County Fair, testing the demand for late service on the route that links Encinitas with Oceanside to the north and downtown San Diego to the south.

The new daily trains will depart the Encinitas station southbound at 10:47 p.m. and northbound at 12:26 a.m. from June 8 through July 6. Encinitas residents returning home from a night out in downtown San Diego can board the northbound train at Santa Fe Depot at 11:45 p.m. A separate train that runs during Padres home games leaves Santa Fe Depot 50 minutes after the end of the game.

“Our regular users frequently request late-night service so they can go down to the Gaslamp or other events along the coast,” said Deborah Castillo, a spokeswoman for the North County Transit District.

Officials will be monitoring ridership levels to determine if more night trains will be added to the schedule.

“This is a pilot, and if it does well then we will look at how to keep it, expand it or bring it back for next summer,” Castillo said.

The Coaster’s timetable is attached to this article in the PDF section.

Randee Stratton April 25, 2013 at 03:41 PM
How about year around not just in the summer?
Jay Berman April 26, 2013 at 06:37 PM
They need to have night trains Friday and Saturday night. From 6PM to 1AM a ticket is $20, $35 for a 2 day pass, you can get of and on as many times as you like, last train from downtown AND Oceanside is 1AM .. the 2day pass is good during Saturday - day as well ... They then need to market it, encourage folks to bring wine or beer .. play party music over PA (nice, easy party music) .. try it for 6 months .. Now you can do things like have dinner at 333 in Oceanside, drinks in Encinitas, then maybe the Belly Up is Solana Beach for dancing or a concert .... no parking hassles, no worry about drinking and driving ... Let's get some use out of this train that we pay so much for .... then also build a simple platform at Del Mar Fair .... simple, cheap and easy ... what they are talking about now will take forever and cost millions

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