Oceanside Transit Center

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Oceanside Transit Center
Pacific Surfliner at Oceanside (2), July 2011.jpg
A Pacific Surfliner train at Oceanside in July 2011
Location235 South Tremont Street
Oceanside, California
Coordinates33°11′31″N 117°22′46″W / 33.19194°N 117.37944°W / 33.19194; -117.37944Coordinates: 33°11′31″N 117°22′46″W / 33.19194°N 117.37944°W / 33.19194; -117.37944
Owned byNorth County Transit District
Line(s)Surf Line
Escondido Subdivision
Platforms3 side platforms (Surf Line)
1 island platform (Escondido Subdivision)
Tracks3 (Surf Line)
2 (Escondido Subdivision)
ConnectionsBus transport NCTD: 101, 302, 303, 313, 318, 392, 395
Bus transport RTA: 202
Bus transport Greyhound Lines
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeOSD
Fare zone1 (COASTER)
Opened1886 (1886)
  • 1946
  • 1984
2018432,838[1]Increase 9.82% (Amtrak)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
San Clemente Pier
(limited service)
Pacific Surfliner Solana Beach
toward San Diego
Preceding station Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink Following station
San Clemente Inland Empire–Orange County Line Terminus
San Clemente Pier
(Weekend-Only Stop)
San Clemente Orange County Line
San Clemente Pier
(Weekend-Only Stop)
Preceding station North County Transit District Following station
Terminus COASTER Carlsbad Village
towards San Diego
SPRINTER Coast Highway
Former services
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
Las Flores Surf Line Carlsbad
toward San Diego
Terminus Oceanside – Fallbrook Ysidora
toward Fallbrook
Escondido Branch Vista
toward Escondido

The Oceanside Transit Center, usually referred to as simply Oceanside, is a major railway interchange in Oceanside, California, serving both intercity and suburban/commuter services. The station is used by Amtrak on the route of its Pacific Surfliner service between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. It is also a terminus for two different regional transit operators - Metrolink, the commuter rail operator for the Los Angeles area, has two of its services, the Metrolink Orange County Line and Inland Empire-Orange County Line, that terminate at Oceanside (in which it is the only Metrolink station in San Diego County), while the North County Transit District, the operator for most of the public transport in North San Diego County, has its COASTER and SPRINTER services also terminating at Oceanside.[2] Oceanside Transit Center is also served by Greyhound Lines, numerous BREEZE buses, and is also the terminal for RTA's Bus Route 202 to Temecula and Murrieta. COASTER and Metrolink trains going out of service will head to Stuart Mesa but due to the small facility, some Metrolinks set will either be kept at the nearby Fallbrook Yard or stored on an empty track south of the station.

Of the 73 California stations served by Amtrak, Oceanside was the fifteenth-busiest in FY2010, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 800 passengers daily.[3]


Oceanside Transit Center was built in 1984, and serves as a replacement for a 1946-built Santa Fe Depot, which was torn down in 1988. The former station was itself a replacement for an 1886-built Santa Fe Depot. This station became one of the original 9 stations on Metrolink's Orange County Line when that line opened on March 28, 1994 and North County Transit District's COASTER commuter rail began serving this station when the line opened on February 27, 1995 and Metrolink's Inland Empire-Orange County Line began serving this station regularly in the early 2000's after serving the station on a temporary basis from that line's opening on October 2, 1995 until the early 2000's and North County Transit District's SPRINTER light rail began serving this station when the line opened on March 9, 2008.[4]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

1[5]  Inland Empire–Orange County Line Southbound arrivals only, no departures northbound
 Orange County Line Southbound arrivals only, no departures northbound
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (San Clemente Pier or San Juan Capistrano)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego Union Station (Solana Beach)
2  Inland Empire–Orange County Line toward San Bernardino–Downtown (San Clemente Pier or San Clemente)
 Orange County Line toward L.A. Union Station (San Clemente Pier or San Clemente)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (San Clemente Pier or San Juan Capistrano)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego Union Station (Solana Beach)
3  COASTER toward San Diego-Union Station (Carlsbad Village)
Sprinter island platform  Sprinter toward Escondido Transit Center (Coast Highway)
 Sprinter toward Escondido Transit Center (Coast Highway)


To enhance the regional transit service, this station had major expansion including building a third track and platform in the middle of the existing tracks, extending all platforms, and adding a passenger walkway. Construction on the project began in 2016,[6] the third platform opened in May 2017,[7][8] and Platform 1 reopened November 20.[9]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2018, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. June 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Train Web: Oceanside".
  3. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2010, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  4. ^ Surviving Santa Fe Depots: Some Recent Losses
  5. ^ "Oceanside Schedule and Platform Assignments" (PDF). North County Transit District. October 14, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  6. ^ "Oceanside Transit Center Platform Improvement Project". SANDAG. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  7. ^ "New Platform to Open and Station Construction Begins Tuesday, May 30 at Oceanside Transit Center". SANDAG. May 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  8. ^ "Third railroad track completed in Oceanside". The San Diego Union-Tribune. 2017-06-09. Archived from the original on 2017-07-08. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  9. ^ "Platform 1 to Reopen Monday, November 20 as Station Construction Wraps Up". SANDAG. November 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-22.

External links[edit]

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