By Marlena Chavira-Medford
Solana Beach has been selected as the launch site for the North County Transit District (NCTD) Adopt-a-Station program, a new effort that partners with local civic groups to create stations that feel more like a part of the communities they serve.
In this pilot run of the program, the Del Sol Lions Club will work to improve the overall look and feel of the Solana Beach Train Station by doing things such as making sure it’s being kept clean, recommending landscape projects, and possibly brainstorming ways to incorporate temporary art.
“The Del Sol Lions Club is honored to be the first service organization selected for this innovative program,” said Solana Beach Councilman and Del Sol Lions Charter President Dave Roberts in a written statement. “Our 73-member club’s vision is to build a long-term relationship between our community and NCTD to promote public transit, a healthier economy, and continue serving those in need in our community as Lions.”
Dozens gathered outside the Solana Beach Train Station Wednesday, May 11, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of the program. The scene was reminiscent of a recent day in March when residents also gathered at the Solana Beach Train Station to celebrate the addition of a new information kiosk that promotes businesses and events in the community — another innovation that was done in partnership with NCTD.
“Solana Beach is at it again,” NCTD Executive Director Matthew Tucker told the crowd May 11. “That kiosk was an ‘a-ha’ moment for us (at NCTD). We realized it’s not just about us, it’s about how we fit into the community. It’s about establishing a relationship with the people we serve.”
All NCTD transit stations will be available for adoption on an annual basis. Anyone interested in the new program can find more information by visiting the NCTD website at
and clicking on the “community outreach” tab.