Tain travel from the Oceanside Transit Center to almost anywhere else is about to get a little easier.
A third track, a new boarding platform, better lighting, and more shelters, seating and other amenities are being added at the transit center, which is one of the busiest bus and commuter rail stops in San Diego County. The improvements will speed up boarding and transitions for existing trains and make room to add new ones, officials say.
San Diego County’s regional planning agency, SANDAG, is investing $24 million in the Oceanside project, believing it will help serve the growing number of commuters who use passenger trains to avoid driving on Southern California’s clogged freeways.
One recent convert is Glenda Noyes, a Vista resident who was waiting Friday at the Oceanside Amtrak station to board a northbound train.
“The train is wonderful,” she said. “It’s comfortable and scenic.”
Noyes said she began riding the train about two years ago after her son moved to Thousand Oaks. Now she takes it three or four times a year from Oceanside to Camarillo, where the station is a 10-minute drive from her son’s house.
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