SPRINTER service extended for Amgen Tour

The Amgen Tour of California bike race comes to North San Diego this Sunday, Feb. 22, for the eighth and final stage of this largest cycling event in North America.

The North County Transit District will run extra service on the SPRINTER train system to get fans to and from Escondido to see the racers cross the finish line. With thousands of race fans and casual spectators expected to view the cycling event, the SPRINTER is smart choice in avoiding Escondido traffic headaches and parking hassles.

The finish line is in downtown Escondido at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Broadway, about a six-block walk from the SPRINTER station at the Escondido Transit Center. The finish is estimated to occur around 3:30 or 4 p.m.

Trains are scheduled to run both directions every half hour until approximately 7 p.m. In addition to regularly scheduled SPRINTER trains, the 6:03 p.m. westbound train from Escondido Transit Center and the 7:03 p.m. from the Oceanside Transit Center will operate.

A day pass on the SPRINTER costs $5 and includes unlimited rides all day long on the SPRINTER and BREEZE bus system. A single trip (or one-way) ticket is just $2 and half priced for seniors age 60 and over.

All tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines at the SPRINTER stations with cash or credit cards. Parking is ample at almost all of the SPRINTER’s fifteen stations and is offered free of charge. To locate the nearest SPRINTER station and to view train schedules, visit

Throughout the weekend, several Escondido BREEZE bus routes will experience detours due to road closures and riders can expect delays due to traffic congestion and heavy pedestrian presence in the area. The following routes are affected: 350, 351/352, 354, 356, and 388/389.

There will be special events held in downtown Escondido closing Grand Avenue between Center City Parkway and Juniper St. for the entire weekend. All bus stops on Grand Ave. between Center City Parkway and Juniper St. will be closed during the event. There will be special event bus stops located on 2nd Ave. at Escondido Blvd. and Broadway for patrons traveling east into Escondido. All bus stops on Valley Parkway will remain open during the event.

Complete schedule and route information is available on every BREEZE bus and complete SPRINTER and BREEZE schedules are available on NCTD’s website at

NCTD moves more than 12 million passengers annually by providing public transportation for North San Diego County. Its family of transit services currently includes the BREEZE bus system, the COASTER commuter rail service, LIFT paratransit and the SPRINTER light rail. It is NCTD’s mission to deliver safe, convenient, reliable and user-friendly public transportation services.

NCT news release.