COAST CITIES — The North County Transit District will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Coaster train with a Coaster Crawl on Feb. 27.
The event will carry customers to the rail line’s northern stations in Oceanside, Carlsbad Village, Encinitas and Solana Beach where merchants will offer special Coaster anniversary product promotions.
During the event, a second Coaster customer can ride free when accompanying a fare-paying customer or monthly pass holder. This two-for-one promotion runs for the entire day. It allows a family of four to travel round-trip (four zones) for just $26 — offering a 50 percent discount.
“North County’s coastal communities are walkable and are easily accessible from Coaster stations,” said Dave Roberts, an NCTD director and Solana Beach City Councilman. “My five kids and I love to ride the Coaster. This event provides a special opportunity for families from neighboring areas to hop a train, discover a range of interesting retailers and activities, have a bite to eat at a great local restaurant and then continue up and down the line.”
The 15th anniversary Coaster Crawl will use the regular Saturday Coaster schedule and will feature special events at the Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad Village and Oceanside Transit Center stations. Round trip fare all day long is $10 to $13 for two people depending on the zones. Simply buy one ticket for two riders from machines at the station. No reservations are necessary; however space may be limited on trains.
“Business owners in Carlsbad Village are delighted to have an opportunity to partner with North County Transit District in a triple-win situation,” said Robin Young, executive director of the Carlsbad Village Association. “NCTD will attract some new riders, we’ll have some new visitors to the Village and the customers will have a great day in four terrific cities.”
The event is sponsored by the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association, Leucadia-Encinitas Highway 101 MainStreet Association, the Carlsbad Village Association, MainStreet Oceanside and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce.