North County Transit District

Agency responsible for public transportation in Northern San Diego County, California.

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A Coaster train near Encinitas, March 2021.

Coaster (commuter rail)

Commuter rail service that operates in the central and northern coastal regions of San Diego County, California, United States.

Commuter rail service that operates in the central and northern coastal regions of San Diego County, California, United States.

A Coaster train near Encinitas, March 2021.
A Coaster train near Encinitas, March 2021.
A Coaster train passes over a new concrete bridge (as part of a bridge replacement project) near the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
Coaster route map (with other commuter lines included). This does not show routes of the San Diego Trolley.

Bombardier Transportation currently operates the service on contract with the Coaster's owner, the North County Transit District (NCTD).

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

Public transit service provider for Central, South, Northeast and Southeast San Diego County.

Public transit service provider for Central, South, Northeast and Southeast San Diego County.

An original 1886 horse-drawn trolley in a parade celebrating the groundbreaking of the Panama–California Exposition Center in 1911.
A San Diego Class 1 streetcar at 5th and Broadway, C. 1915.
San Diego Trolley near the international border in San Ysidro, C. 1990
San Diego Trolley at San Diego State University Transit Center, the only underground stop in the system on opening day, July 10, 2005.
San Diego Trolley in Downtown San Diego.
MTS bus in Downtown San Diego.
Rapid bus at Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego.

The MTS works closely with the North County Transit District (NCTD), which operates public transit services in Northern San Diego County, and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), which plans, develops, and constructs transit projects for both the MTS and NCTD.

A Sprinter train near College Blvd. in July 2020

Sprinter (light rail)

Diesel multiple unit hybrid rail route (light rail with some commuter rail features) operating in the North County area of San Diego County between the cities of Escondido and Oceanside, California, United States.

Diesel multiple unit hybrid rail route (light rail with some commuter rail features) operating in the North County area of San Diego County between the cities of Escondido and Oceanside, California, United States.

A Sprinter train near College Blvd. in July 2020
A Sprinter train near College Blvd. in July 2020
Sprinter at Oceanside, 2007-11-03.
An image of the Sprinter's middle bogie and articulation system.
A SPRINTER at the NCTD Vista Transit Center
Sprinter vehicle at maintenance shop in Escondido

The Sprinter is operated by Bombardier Transportation on contract with the North County Transit District, the area's public transit agency.

Pacific Surfliner in Santa Barbara, California, 2017

Pacific Surfliner

350 mi passenger train service serving the communities on the coast of Southern California between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.

350 mi passenger train service serving the communities on the coast of Southern California between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.

Pacific Surfliner in Santa Barbara, California, 2017
Pacific Surfliner in Santa Barbara, California, 2017
A Pacific Surfliner entering San Clemente
The San Diegan in 1985
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner (interactive map) **some stations are no longer used by this service**
Coach/baggage/cab car #6908 on the Pacific Surfliner in Santa Barbara in 2018
A typical bilevel consist of a new Charger locomotive in 2019
A typical single-level consist in 2010
Lower-level seating on a "Pacific Business Class" car in 2012
A Pacific Surfliner train hauled by a P42DC locomotive in 2012
A Superliner car used in 2016
Ocean View on the Pacific Surfliner in 2017

North County Transit District: Orange County/San Diego County line – San Diego

San Diego Association of Governments

Association of local San Diego County governments.

Association of local San Diego County governments.

It is the metropolitan planning organization for the County, with policy makers consisting of mayors, councilmembers, and County Supervisors, and also has capital planning and fare setting powers for the county's transit systems, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District, some of which was assumed by the Metropolitan Transit Development Board (became MTS in 1986).

The southbound San Diegan passes through Capistrano Beach, California on the Surf Line in April 1973.

Surf Line

Railroad line that runs from San Diego north to Orange County along California's Pacific Coast.

Railroad line that runs from San Diego north to Orange County along California's Pacific Coast.

The southbound San Diegan passes through Capistrano Beach, California on the Surf Line in April 1973.
San Diegan at Del Mar, c. 1940s
Sprinter train departing from Oceanside
Coaster train passes through Del Mar
Pacific Surfliner 785 passing through San Onofre State Beach
Metrolink train enters Oceanside station
Southbound BNSF "daygo" freight train near San Diego
An Israel Railways IC3 being tested on the San Diegan, passing over the Del Mar Bluffs in July 1996

The tracks are now owned by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and the North County Transit District, and hosts Metrolink's Orange County Line and Inland Empire–Orange County Line, the San Diego Coaster, and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner passenger trains.

Metrolink logo as of 2017

Metrolink (California)

Commuter rail system in Southern California consisting of seven lines and 62 stations operating on 534 mi of rail network.

Commuter rail system in Southern California consisting of seven lines and 62 stations operating on 534 mi of rail network.

Metrolink logo as of 2017
Metrolink ticket vending machines. Machines also sell tickets for Amtrak trains and the FlyAway Bus to Los Angeles International Airport.
Metrolink trains approaching and leaving Union Station during the evening rush hour
2005 Glendale crash aftermath
2008 Chatsworth crash aftermath

This yard is owned by the North County Transit District.

Desiro train in Graz, Austria

Siemens Desiro

Family of diesel or electric multiple unit passenger trains developed by Siemens Mobility, a division of the German Siemens AG conglomerate.

Family of diesel or electric multiple unit passenger trains developed by Siemens Mobility, a division of the German Siemens AG conglomerate.

Desiro train in Graz, Austria
A Bulgarian State Railways-operated Desiro train on the Sofia-Lakatnik line near Thompson.
Two Class 642s in Germany
OSE Desiro EMU
KLIA Ekspres-operated Desiro ET 425 M electric multiple unit train
A Desiro train in Romania at Otopeni Airport station
SŽ Series 312 at Ljubljana station
SPRINTER at Oceanside
ÖBB cityjet at Wien Floridsdorf train station in Vienna
Belgian MS08 at Antwerpen-Centraal in Antwerp
German class 460
First Russian Lastochka
Desiro for Suvarnabhumi Airport Link's city line, Bangkok, Thailand
A Rhine-Ruhr Express Desiro HC.
Israel Railways Desiro HC on a test run in June 2021
Israel Railways Desiro HC at Jerusalem–Yitzhak Navon railway station, september 2021
A Swiss Federal Railways operated Desiro train in Zürich's S-Bahn rail system

Twelve married pairs were delivered in August 2006 to the operator North County Transit District (NCTD).

Escondido, California

City in San Diego County's North County region, 30 mi northeast of downtown San Diego, 15 miles from the ocean, and 40 miles from the Mexican border.

City in San Diego County's North County region, 30 mi northeast of downtown San Diego, 15 miles from the ocean, and 40 miles from the Mexican border.

The 1846 Battle of San Pasqual was a battle between American and Californio forces during the U.S. Conquest of California.
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Aerial view of a citrus orchard in the San Pascual Valley in Escondido, California
Boating activities at Dixon Lake
Aerial view of Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California
Historic Downtown Escondido
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A portion of the disc golf course at Kit Carson Park
Picnic Areas at Dixon Lake
Aerial view of Escondido City Hall and Grape Day Park behind
Historic railroad station
An aerial view of Interstate 15 approaching the Route 78 interchange in Escondido, California.
Escondido city buses entering and departing the Escondido Transit Center.
The Sprinter light rail train preparing to depart the platform at the Escondido Transit Center.

The North County Transit District (NCTD) operates local bus service, with the Escondido Transit Center serving as a hub.

San Diego Trolley

Light rail system operating in the metropolitan area of San Diego.

Light rail system operating in the metropolitan area of San Diego.

The original San Diego Trolley alignment later named the "South Line" known today as the "Blue Line"
San Diego Trolley in 1982, about six months after opening
A low-floor trolley operating on the Blue Line at Fifth Avenue station, rebuilt as part of the Trolley Renewal Project.
The routes are arranged approximately geographically true; the Blue Line runs from the upper left corner (La Jolla) to the lower right corner (San Ysidro): the Orange Line runs from the left middle (downtown San Diego) to the upper right (El Cajon), and the Green Line also runs from the left middle (downtown San Diego) to the upper right (Santee), taking a route that lies largely along Mission Valley / Interstate 8.
San Diego Trolley interior

Passes allow passengers to transfer a number of different transit systems within San Diego County including the San Diego Trolley, MTS Bus, MTS Rapid buses, NCTD Breeze buses, and the NCTD Sprinter (a light rail line in North San Diego County).