May 2, 2008

Month of May Events on the SPRINTER Line

Extra trains to run for this Sunday’s Cinco De Mayo event at the Oceanside Pier

Take North County Transit District’s (NCTD) SPRINTER light rail train to reach special events in North County this May. The Oceanside – Escondido SPRINTER train runs half-hour service on weekdays from approximately 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., with hourly service on the weekends.

This Sunday, May 4, the SPRINTER will add additional trains into service to offer half hour service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to provide extra transportation options for Oceanside’s popular Cinco de Mayo Fiesta En La Playa. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oceanside Pier, which is within walking distance of the SPRINTER station at the Oceanside Transit Center. With large crowds expected to attend this annual event, the SPRINTER makes it easy to access the beach and pier area, while leaving the stress of traffic and parking behind. Parking is free and plentiful at 13 of the SPRINTER’s 15 stations located along the Highway 78 corridor.

May events that are accessible from SPRINTER stations include:

· Sat. May 3, Fiesta, Vista Townsite Community Partnership Center, (760) 806-8980, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· Sun. May 4, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta en la Playa, Oceanside Pier Amphitheater, (858) 576-1919, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

· Sun. May 11, Mother’s Day Home Tour, Old Escondido Neighborhood, (760) 735-8072, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (accessible by BREEZE buses from the SPRINTER station)

· Sun. May 11, Antiques on Mission Street Fair, Oceanside (760) 754-4512, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· Sat. May 17, Wind in the Willows (production for kids), Hearth Theatre, San Marcos Community Recreation Center, (760) 744-9000, 2 p.m.

· Sun. May 18, Escondido Downtown Street Fair, (760) 945-9288, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

· Sun. May 18, Wind in the Willows (production for kids), Hearth Theatre, San Marcos Community Recreation Center, (760) 744-9000, 2 p.m.

· Sat. May 24, Vista Village Business Association Baking Contest, Downtown Main Street, (760) 414-9391, 11 a.m.

· Sun. May 25, Vista Village Chocolate Festival, Downtown Main Street, (760) 726-1122, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· Sat. May 31, Community Concert Outreach, Oceanside Pier Amphitheater, (760) 639-0304, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The extended SPRINTER schedule planned for Sunday, May 4 is a sneak peek at what will be offered in the near future. Beginning this summer, the SPRINTER will run mid-day half hour service on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., thanks in part to a Job Access and Reverse Commute program (JARC) grant, made available through SANDAG, which provides partial funding for the increased service.

For complete trip planning information via public transit in San Diego County call toll free, 511, or plan your trip on-line at: Complete COASTER, 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, FAST curb-to-curb transportation, LIFT paratransit and the SPRINTER light rail. It is NCTD’s mission to deliver safe, convenient, reliable and user-friendly public transportation services.

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