NCTD starts pilot program

COAST CITIES — North County Transit District is launching a special “Late Coaster Pilot Program” so residents and visitors can sightsee or party downtown and still get home on the train.NCTD will run the pilot from June 8 through July 4. If the service is popular enough, it will be extended. The special late night Coaster will run in conjunction with the San Diego County Fair, which also runs from June 8 through July 4.

NCTD and the fair are teaming up again this year to offer special combo tickets that include Fair admission and roundtrip Coaster fare. In addition, a late Coaster will be available March 17 for the ShamROCK in the Gaslamp.

In January, NCTD noted that recently passed legislation offers a bonus to public transit commuters and their employers. The legislation increases the transit commuter tax benefit by nearly 200 percent. The 2013 amount is now $245. The original tax benefit was $125 a month. In 2012, it was $240 and will now be $245. This increase makes the transit benefit equal to the federal tax benefit for parking. The new law allows transit users to receive up to $245 a month from employers – as a non-taxable fringe benefit – or allows employees to set aside up to that amount as a pre-tax benefit for commuting to work on public transportation. To learn more about the transit tax benefit and commuter services, visit gonctd.com/commuter_services. Learn more about the SANDAG iCommute program’s employer services by calling 511 and saying ‘iCommute’ or email iCommuter@sandag.org or visit 511sd.com/iCommute.

The 2013 Rider’s Guide is out. This handy guide has all the information needed to get around town. Breeze routes and schedule maps, fare, pass, and ticket information, Coaster and Sprinter station information, FLEX and paratransit details, important phone numbers and more, are all in the re-designed guide. Pick up your copy at any NCTD Customer Service office or view online at GoNCTD.com/ridersguide.

NCTD reminds Compass Card owners that the cards have a limited life and the first cards released in 2009 are beginning to expire. If you see an “expired” notice on platform validators or bus fare boxes, or if your card isn’t being accepted at ticket vending machines, it may be time for a replacement. Register your Compass Card and protect your pass balance against loss, theft, or damage. To register, call 511 and say “Compass,” fill out a form at a Transit Store, or download a form at 511sd.com/compass.

 

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