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NCTD Bus Service Changes Begin Today in North County

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Service to Mira Costa College has been improved through an extension of Route 315

Oceanside CA— For decades, North Oceanside Valley residents have had to travel between 80-120 minutes to get to MiraCosta College and/or the Tri-City area. However, starting on October 8th, NCTD route 315, will now provide the opportunity for Valley residents to travel to MiraCosta College and/or the Tri-City area within 40-50 minutes. The North County Transit District’s (NCTD) Board of Directors approved service changes on May 18, 2017 for specified BREEZE and FLEX routes that will become effective today, October 8, 2017.
The BREEZE and FLEX route changes were the result of a performance review of BREEZE and FLEX routes combined with outreach from the public. The service changes are designed to improve the efficiency and sustainability of NCTD.
“Community resources have been invested towards improving the overall quality of life for the residents in the North Valley area who have been subjected to gang violence and crime. Making higher education more accessible to the residents of North Valley should help promote an increase of college enrollment and retention among this community, which will improve the overall quality of life for its residents,” said Jimmy Figueroa, Commissioner, North County Gang Commission about the Route 315 extension. “Even though there is still much work to be done, this is one practical step in right direction.”
Research demonstrates that participation in higher education leads to higher wages, job growth, and less crime. Thus, establishing this route should help improve the overall economy for the City of Oceanside, as well as the County.
Creating the 315 route was a community effort that was supported by countless residents, community agencies, and NCTD. Watch a promotional video created in April to garner community support [Here].
Additional changes affect 20 different routes and zones, and range from discontinuation of service for under-utilized routes, to more frequent service in other areas, better alignment of certain routes, and transition of specified BREEZE routes to FLEX deviated fixed route service. A sampling of these changes include the following:

  • Along the coast, BREEZE Route 101 service has been improved by extending all trips to Westfield UTC Mall.
  • Southwest Carlsbad FLEX 373 and Encinitas-Solana Beach FLEX 374 will be discontinued.
  • In Oceanside, Route 318 has been improved by modifying the route to serve the VA Oceanside Clinic allowing patients and medical staff to use the system more easily. Route 323 has also been extended to serve the VA Clinic.
  • On Camp Pendleton, Routes 392 & 395 have been modified and will operate as FLEX routes. This modification will allow for greater coverage for riders in the more heavily traveled parts of the current routes. The FLEX 392 & 395 service will operate as deviated fixed routes meaning that a vehicle can pick up and drop off riders at locations (within ¾ of a mile from the route) rather than just designated bus stops.

For specific information on the service changes, affected routes, and FLEX options, please visit: GoNCTD.com/ServiceChanges. Updated route schedules will also be made available in the Rider’s Guide at NCTD Customer Service centers on September 18.

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NCTD Bus Service Changes Begin Today in North County