Carlsbad Poinsettia station

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Carlsbad Poinsettia
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The renovated station in April 2020 with the new platform extensions, realigned tracks, upgraded signage, lighting fixtures, benches and canopy shelters.
Location6511 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, California
Coordinates33°6′32.61″N 117°19′9.04″W / 33.1090583°N 117.3191778°W / 33.1090583; -117.3191778Coordinates: 33°6′32.61″N 117°19′9.04″W / 33.1090583°N 117.3191778°W / 33.1090583; -117.3191778
Owned byNorth County Transit District
Line(s)Surf Line
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport NCTD: 444, 445
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone1
OpenedFebruary 27, 1995; 25 years ago (February 27, 1995)
RebuiltFebruary 2020
Preceding station North County Transit District Following station
Carlsbad Village COASTER Encinitas
towards San Diego
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Carlsbad Village Pacific Surfliner
toward San Diego

Carlsbad Poinsettia station is a commuter rail station in Carlsbad, California that is on the NCTD COASTER commuter rail line. The station serves the Poinsettia and La Costa communities of Carlsbad, and is the southernmost of the two COASTER stations in Carlsbad, the other being Carlsbad Village station about four miles to the north. It is also located about four miles away from the LEGOLAND California Theme Park and five miles from McClellan-Palomar Airport; there are transit services that are provided for transport to those destinations.


The station opened along with the other COASTER stations when rail service began on February 27, 1995, servicing the southern communities of Carlsbad in contrast with Carlsbad Village station.

On October 7, 2013, the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner began stopping at four COASTER stations: Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad Poinsettia, Encinitas, and Sorrento Valley.[1] Amtrak dropped service to Carlsbad Poinsettia and Encinitas on October 9, 2017 due to low ridership.[2]

With increasing ridership and a demand for expansion, the station underwent a thirty-four million dollar renovation beginning in May 2018.[3] The platforms were lengthened to 1,000 feet (300 m) to accommodate longer trains, and were also raised for accessibility and easier boarding. A pedestrian underpass was constructed (replacing the two at-grade pedestrian crossings at either end of the platforms) and fencing was placed between the tracks, allowing two trains to pass through the station at one time. In addition, the tracks and platforms were realigned slightly west of their old locations, and new signage and canopies were installed. The project was eventually completed in February 2020.[4]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Adds Four New stops" (Press release). Amtrak. September 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Diehl, Phil (September 21, 2017). "Amtrak to discontinue two stops, add one". San Diego Union Tribune.
  3. ^ Puterski, Steve (May 3, 2018). "$34M Poinsettia Station project breaks ground". The Coast News Group.
  4. ^ Puterski, Steve (February 27, 2020). "Local officials celebrate Poinsettia Station improvements". The Coast News Group.

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