Solana Beach station

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Solana Beach
Amtrak and COASTER station
SOL Amtrak Station.jpg
The exterior of the Solana Beach Station
Location 105 North Cedros Ave (at Lomas Santa Fe Drive)
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Coordinates 32°59′34″N 117°16′17″W / 32.9929°N 117.2713°W / 32.9929; -117.2713Coordinates: 32°59′34″N 117°16′17″W / 32.9929°N 117.2713°W / 32.9929; -117.2713
Owned by Amtrak
Line(s) Amtrak North County Transit District
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code SOL
Fare zone 1 (COASTER)
Opened 1994
Passengers (2013) 428,841[1]Increase 1.7% (Amtrak California)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Pacific Surfliner
Pacific Surfliner
(limited service)
North County Transit District
toward San Diego
Location of the Solana Beach Amtrak Station.
Location of the Solana Beach Amtrak Station.
Location within California

Solana Beach, also known as the Solana Beach Transit Center, is a train station on Amtrak California's Pacific Surfliner passenger train and on North County Transit District's COASTER commuter rail route located in Solana Beach, California. The tracks were lowered to their current position in the late 90s, to alleviate congestion on Lomas Santa Fe Road and Downtown Solana Beach. There is enough room between the two tracks to create a third track, which could be used as a bypass track[citation needed].

The station was designed by architect Rob Wellington Quigley, and was built in 1994 to replace the depot in Del Mar, California. Funding for the station included $2.8 million from Proposition 116; an additional $3.3 million used for land acquisition and design was obtained through Transnet, a half-cent county sales tax.[2] Quigley drew inspiration for the design from a group of Quonset huts that used to line North Cedros Avenue in the 1940s. To the basic semi-circular form of the hut, the architect added a tower reminiscent of those found on many train depots dating to the second half of the 19th century.[2]

In the late 1990s, an $18 million project loweredthe tracks and station platforms. This allowed for another track and platform and improved safety by eliminating the railroad crossing located south of the station.[2]

Solana Beach and the North County Transit District would like to convert the station and some of the adjacent surface parking into offices, a restaurant and an underground parking structure. This could involve the station being repurposed or demolished with ticket sales and other train services moved to the train track level. The parking garage could complement the Cedros Design District and adjacent Coast highway 101.[3]

Of the 73 California stations served by Amtrak, Solana Beach was the tenth-busiest in FY2010, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 1100 passengers daily.[4]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Northbound  Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (Encinitas or Oceanside)
 Coaster toward Oceanside Transit Center (Encinitas)
Southbound  Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego-Union Station (San Diego-Sorrento Valley or San Diego-Union Station)
 Coaster toward San Diego-Union Station

(Sorrento Valley)

Former Amtrak station at Del Mar[edit]

The former Del Mar station served passengers from the early 1900s until its closure in 1995, and for much of that time was the only passenger stop between Oceanside and San Diego. Solana Beach Station was planned from the beginning not only as a stop for both Amtrak and commuter trains, but also as a major local bus hub. As a result, the future of Del Mar Station, just two miles south, fell into doubt as early as 1989. At that time a committee of the San Diego Association Of Governments (SANDAG) voted in favor of its closure,[5] citing the limited availability of parking, the lack of handicapped access, and the logistical difficulty accommodating bus and shuttle service.[5] Any one of these problems, by itself, would have been a serious deficiency if Del Mar was to serve both commuters and Amtrak passengers. The Del Mar City Council rejected any significant expansion of the facility, while still hoping to keep it in operation as an Amtrak-only station; but Amtrak rejected this possibility, deciding in favor of Solana Beach instead.[6]


External links[edit]

Media related to Solana Beach (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons