Commuter Rail Rolls in San Diego

After three decades of planning, a new commuter rail line has opened in the San Diego area.

"The $478 million project, which has been under construction since 2005, will stop at 15 stations between Oceanside and Escondido."

"The transit district spent $25 million to build a 1.7-mile loop to the university, the only entirely new track on the 22-mile system. The rest is a reconstructed freight line."

"The transit district has reconfigured its Breeze bus routes to feed into the Sprinter line. Sunday will be the inaugural run for the new bus schedule as well."

"Cities and businesses along the Sprinter line have been watching the Sprinter launch with a mixture of trepidation and excitement."

"Some railroad crossings have malfunctioned, leaving motorists fuming at gates that didn't go up after a train passed in test runs. The transit district has been working to correct the problem."

"Vista Village was the scene of a couple of large traffic jams caused by balky gates in January. The busy road divides the Vista Transit Center, a hub for buses and the train, and Vista Village, a downtown redevelopment project with a movie theater, restaurants and shops."

Full Story: Sprinter gets green light, will start service Sunday


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