Special events at Coaster stops in March as North County Transit District marks line’s 20th anniversary

The North County Transit District is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Coaster train service with special events this month.

The commuter train that runs down the shoreline between Oceanside and downtown San Diego has grown in ridership from 700,000 passenger trips the first year to 1.7 million annually now, according to the agency.

The NCTD says it will mark the Coaster’s two decades of operation with customer-appreciation activities through March, including an online rider-generated photo contest.

A celebration will be held at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Carlsbad Village station, March 10 at the Carlsbad Poinsettia station, March 12 at the Solana Beach station, March 17 at the Encinitas station, and March 24 at the Sorrento Valley station, according to the transit agency. Celebrations were also held at the Oceanside station earlier this month.

The NCTD says on its website,, that it plans to propose a new station at Camp Pendleton, along with limited-use stops at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and San Diego Convention Center.