Route 76 park & ride completed

REGION — Transportation officials made two announcements this week that will impact San Diego residents who rely on public transportation for their commute and travels.

First, SANDAG and Caltrans announced the completion of an expanded and improved park and ride lot in Fallbrook north of State Route 76 and east of Interstate 15. It opened Nov. 1.

The park & ride completion marks the final piece of a $202 million widening, bridge and interchange improvement project along Highway 76 between Vista and Interstate 15.

The park and ride has double the parking spaces of the old one and includes a bus shelter, bike lockers, electric vehicle charging stations, sidewalks and a new traffic signal along Old Highway 395.

“The newly improved Park & Ride lot is the last component of the SR 76 East Segment project,” said Acting Caltrans District 11 Director Cory Binns. “Together, these infrastructure improvements have improved traffic flow and eased congestion for travelers in the region.”

Metrolink riders who have taken advantage of a ridesharing agreement with Amtrak learned this week that they will have to pay for an Amtrak ticket to ride aboard the trains on Nov. 3-4 and most of Thanksgiving (Nov. 22- 26).

The Rail 2 Rail program allows for Metrolink riders to use their monthly passes to board Amtrak trains. But due to the expected high levels of ridership due to the Breeders’ Cup this weekend and during the week of Thanksgiving, Amtrak and Metrolink have agreed to suspend the agreement during the periods.

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