COAST CITIES — The Coaster is ready to get you to Petco Park, as the North County Transit District will again run trains for all 2010 San Diego Padres home games.
The new Coaster schedule began April 5 and includes 2010 Padres season train times. Coaster trains run for every home Padres game, including special trains on Sundays. Padres fans can reach the ballpark stress-free and without traffic by riding the Coaster to downtown San Diego’s Santa Fe Depot, then transferring for free to the San Diego Trolley (with a valid round trip Coaster ticket) for the quick ride to the Gaslamp Quarter station. When leaving Petco Park after the game, fans can use their round trip Coaster ticket for a free Trolley ride back to the Santa Fe Depot.
Coaster northbound trains depart downtown 50 minutes after the final out of the game or special event with an absolute departure time of midnight. After Friday night games, fans can catch the regularly scheduled Friday late night northbound Coaster train which departs Santa Fe Depot at 10:45 p.m. If Friday night games run past 9:55 p.m., the northbound return train will leave 50 minutes after the final out of the game, with an absolute departure time of midnight.
New this season are Padres weekday games that begin at 3:35 p.m. The Coaster will operate a special southbound train that leaves Oceanside at 1:45 pm and arrives at Santa Fe Depot by 2:42 p.m. This train will not stop at the Old Town station.
Effective April 5, for the spring/summer season, the Coaster’s new schedule features expanded Saturday service with six southbound and six northbound trains. The new schedule conveniently allows for Padres fans to reach the ballpark for a 5:35 pm. Saturday game. The suggested southbound train leaves Oceanside at 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, making all stops along the route, and arrives downtown at 4:31 p.m. For the return trip, fans can catch a specially-scheduled Saturday northbound Coaster train, which departs Santa Fe Depot 50 minutes after the end of the Padres game.
A special southbound train will run from Oceanside beginning at 11:08 a.m. for Sunday home games beginning at 1:05 p.m. This train will make all stops along the Coaster route, arriving at Santa Fe Depot at 12:11 p.m. The return northbound train will leave from downtown San Diego 50 minutes after the game is over.
Regular Coaster round trip fares start at $12 for three-zone travel and $13 for four-zone trips. It is recommended passengers purchase a round-trip ticket for their travel, which includes transfers to the San Diego Trolley. Tickets are available at North County Coaster stations from ticket vending machines. Discounted Coaster fares are available for seniors (ages 60 or older) and persons with disabilities. Passengers should arrive to their station at least 20 minutes before the scheduled train departure time to find parking and purchase tickets.
The Coaster will operate with an expanded Saturday schedule on July 4, to serve patrons reaching the San Diego County Fair and the Padres game.
NCTD no longer operates its Padres BREEZE Express bus service from Escondido.
For trip planning and complete schedules, maps and fare information call 511 or visit GoNCTD.com.