NCTD lowers fares, extends service hours

OCEANSIDE — As of Jan. 20, the North County Transit District is implementing a package of service changes that may give San Diego County residents and visitors more reasons to ride in 2011.
NCTD will reduce fares for Coaster trains and Breeze buses, while extending
Sprinter light rail service hours with late-night trains on weekends. While the added Sprinter service hours will be permanent, the promotional Coaster and Breeze fare
reductions will last for a period of one year. During this period NCTD hopes to
increase transit ridership by 5 percent over a span of 18 months.
The Coaster will offer:
— One-way ticket: Price drops between $1 and $1.50, depending on zones. For
instance, a ticket from Oceanside to Solana Beach costs $4, down from the
current $5.50.
— Monthly passes: Price drops between $17 and $34, depending on the zones.
For instance, a pass from Oceanside to Sorrento Valley costs $150, down from
$170. Prices also drop for youth and seniors.
— Pricing zones: Consolidate from four to three, creating a better value for each
The Sprinter will offer:
— Weekday service hours: Two extra evening trains will leave Escondido Monday
through Thursday. The last train will leave Escondido at 8:33 p.m.
— Friday and Saturday night service: Late-night trains will be added. The last trains
will leave Oceanside at 11:33 p.m. and arrive in Escondido at 12:26 a.m.
The Breeze will offer:
— Single-ride tickets: Price drops from $2 to $1.75. For seniors and customers who
are disabled or on Medicare, the price drops from $1 to 75 cents. Customers
are reminded they will need exact change when boarding buses.
— Bus routes: NCTD planners are in the midst of an extensive study meant to
make routes more efficient based on where customers want to go. After
reviewing community input, planners could implement the improved service
plan this summer.