State and local leaders joined SANDAG, the North County Transit District (NCTD), and Caltrans to celebrate the completion of the Poinsettia Station Improvements project with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the station’s new underground rail crossing.
The Carlsbad Poinsettia Station improvements include new shelter enhancements, a pedestrian undercrossing, lengthened passenger platforms, fencing between tracks for added safety, and better customer amenities. The project broke ground in April 2018 and has improved regional train service, traveler times, and customer safety.
The Carlsbad Poinsettia Station improvements are part of a larger inter-agency regional initiative to provide nearly $1 billion in infrastructure improvements to the San Diego segment of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor.
The improvements at Poinsettia Station are part of a larger effort known as the North Coast Corridor Program, a 40-year, $6 billion balanced set of transportation, environmental, and coastal access projects administered by SANDAG and Caltrans to improve the quality of life for residents, create a stronger local and regional economy, and enhance the coastal environment.
The Poinsettia Station is also home to the Carlsbad Connector, an app-based shuttle service that transports commuters from the transit station to nearby workplaces. The Flexible Fleet service can be accessed by a smartphone to hail rides between Poinsettia Station and local employment centers.
The $33.7 million Poinsettia Station Improvements project was funded through a combination of federal, state, and local sources, including TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation improvement projects.