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NCTD and Metrolink Transit Information for Independence Day Festivities

Oceanside CA— In preparation for 4th of July festivities throughout the region, North County Transit District (NCTD) is adding special event service and making some schedule changes. Customers are urged to give themselves extra time for parking at stations as parking may be full or limited due to large crowds. Metrolink will offer $10 Weekend/Holiday and Kids Ride Free on Weekends fares on July 5th allow residents and visitors to explore more in Southern California.

NCTD Information

On Saturday, July 3:

  • SPRINTER will operate on a regular Saturday schedule with four extra late-night trips to allow those attending the Oceanside Fireworks Show—and others celebrating the evening along the route—to arrive and then return home after the festivities:
    • Westbound: Trains will depart Escondido Transit Center at 7:03 p.m. and 9:03 p.m., arriving at Rancho Del Oro Station at 7:43 p.m. and 9:43 p.m., respectively, and continuing to Oceanside Transit Center.
    • Eastbound: Trains will depart Oceanside Transit Center at 8:03 p.m. and 10:03 p.m., arriving at the Rancho Del Oro Station at 8:14 p.m. and 10:14 p.m. respectively, and Continuing to Escondido Transit Center.
  • BREEZE, FLEX, and LIFT will operate on a normal Saturday schedule. BREEZE Route 408 will operate on its normal schedules.
  • COASTER will operate on a regular Saturday schedule.

On Sunday, July 4:

  • SPRINTER will operate on a Saturday schedule, and have one schedule change:
    • The 11:33 p.m. eastbound train will be cancelled and an eastbound train departing out of Oceanside Transit Center at 12:33 a.m. will be added. This later train will allow those returning on the final northbound COASTER (11:15 p.m.) out of San Diego to connect with the eastbound SPRINTER.
  • BREEZE, FLEX, and LIFT will operate on a Saturday schedule. BREEZE Route 408 will operate on its normal schedule, however the final shuttle will hold at Home*Grown*Fun until after fireworks have completed.
  • COASTER will operate on a Saturday schedule.

On Monday, July 5:

  • BREEZE, FLEX, and LIFT will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
  • COASTER will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
  • SPRINTER will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

BREEZE, COASTER, and SPRINTER tickets can be purchased on the same day of travel at each station on a ticket vending machine. COASTER tickets along with BREEZE and SPRINTER passes can be purchased ahead of time, and on the day of travel by using our Compass Cloud mobile ticketing app.

To view BREEZE, COASTER, and SPRINTER normal daily schedules, click here.

Per federal law, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) currently requires the proper wearing of face masks when riding buses and trains.

For trip planning assistance, customers can contact Customer Service at 760-966-6500.

Metrolink Information

On Monday, July 5, Metrolink will operate on a Sunday schedule in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Metrolink will operate a regular weekend schedule on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. Metrolink station arrivals and departures can be seen at metrolinktrains.com/schedules.

$10 Holiday Ticket and $10 Weekend Day Pass will be available for purchase for all three days of the holiday weekend. The $10 Holiday and Weekend Day passes permit unlimited rides on Metrolink on the day of purchase.

To help families travel and explore Southern California, kids ride free on Metrolink Saturdays and Sundays. A maximum of three children, ages 17 and under, can ride for free with one adult with valid fare.

Over the holiday weekend, Metrolink’s Rail 2 Rail® program with Amtrak, which regularly allows Metrolink Monthly Pass holders to travel on Pacific Surfliner trains within station pairs at no additional charge, will be suspended from Friday, July 2 through Monday, July 5. The program will resume on Tuesday, July 6.

Federal regulations require the wearing of face masks and physical distancing on public transit, including Metrolink trains. The requirements are in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

To maintain safety and protection against the spread of the coronavirus, Metrolink trains are cleaned regularly throughout the day with hospital-grade disinfectant with special attention given to seats, head and armrests, grab rails, tables, bathrooms and trash areas. Metrolink uses antimicrobial air filters that remove more than 99 percent of contaminants, including the coronavirus.

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