Amtrak to End 2 Surf Line Stops

Amtrak will end service in California on Oct. 9 at Carlsbad Poinsettia and Encinita on the Los Angeles-San Diego Surf Line.

However, it will increase service to Old Towne. All three stations are located near San Diego.

Amtrak said the decision is based in part on low ridership over the past four years at the soon to be discontinued stops.

Poinsettia had daily averages of 23 Amtrak riders in 2014, 28 riders in 2015, and 29 in 2016. LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency said it also considered the “proximity to adjacent stations and availability of other transit options.”

Pacific Surfliner began stopping at Carlsbad Village and Sorrento Valley stations as part of an agreement with North County Transit District four years ago, when the Carlsbad and Encinitas service also began. The Village and Sorrento Valley service will continue.

The former Santa Fe station in downtown San Diego is the southern terminus for Coaster and the Amtrak trains.

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