March 28, 2008

Rely on Public Transit from North County for the 2008 Padres Season

Get to Petco Park Using the COASTER Train or BREEZE Express Buses along the inland route

North County Transit District (NCTD) will again run two transportation options for the 2008 San Diego Padres season at Petco Park. Padres fans can choose to take either the COASTER to reach every home Padres game or the BREEZE Express bus service along the inland route.

COASTER

Special COASTER trains run for every home Padres game, including Sundays. Padres fans can reach the ballpark stress-free and without traffic by riding the COASTER to downtown San Diego’s Santa Fe Depot, then transferring for free to the San Diego Trolley for the quick ride to the Gaslamp Quarter station. When leaving Petco Park after the game, fans can use their round trip COASTER ticket for a free Trolley ride to Santa Fe Depot.

The COASTER special late-night return train from downtown San Diego will operate every Monday through Thursday evening for Padres home games played at Petco Park. These special trains will depart downtown 50 minutes after the final out of the game with an absolute departure time of 12 midnight regardless of extra innings. For Friday night games fans can catch the regularly scheduled Friday late night northbound COASTER train which departs Santa Fe Depot at 10:45 p.m. If Friday night games run past 9:55 p.m., the northbound return train will leave 50 minutes after the final out of the game, with an absolute departure time of 12 midnight. There will be no late night COASTER service for weekday afternoon games beginning at 12:35 p.m.

Regular COASTER round trip fares start at $10 for 3-zone travel and $11 for 4-zone trips.

BREEZE Express Buses

BREEZE Express buses transport North County fans along the inland route for every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Padres home games, including the exhibition game on Friday, March 28. BREEZE Express buses along the coastal route no longer operate.

The BREEZE Express buses travel along the I-15 corridor and pick up passengers at the Escondido Transit Center one hour and fifty five minutes prior to game time; Felicita Plaza one hour and forty five minutes prior; and Beethoven Park & Ride one and a half hours prior.

The 2008 Padres BREEZE Express bus service is currently priced at $12.00 round trip and $6.00 one-way for adults. For youth (ages 12 and under) the round trip fare is $4.00 and one-way is $2.00.

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