Access by train/transit:
Sprinter Light Rail System
Brief History: In 1887, the Escondido Land & Town Co. invested in the railroad. Construction
was started in March 1887 and completed January 1888 of the Oceanside to Escondido
line. A load of wheat was the first freight to leave Escondido. The Lime Street
School, in what will later become Grape Day Park, opened. The first stage
traveled between San Diego and Escondido.
The city of Escondido was incorporated on October 8, 1888. It consisted of 1854 acres.
Passenger service between Escondido and Oceanside was discontinued in 1945.
Sprinter's 22 mile east-west route includes 15 stations in the towns of Oceanside,
Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido (see map, below). Trains run every half hour
between 04:00 (4:00 a.m.) and 21:30 (9:30 p.m.) Monday through Friday, and
hourly on weekends. A project of the North County Transit District (NCTD),
the Sprinter service takes 53 minutes to go from one end of the line to the
other. The system uses "DMU's", they are light rail cars powered by a
diesel engine instead of an overhead catenary line.
The old Escondido train depot now resides in Grape Day Park, about a mile
from where it was previously located, and serves the Escondido Historical Center.
Open Street Map
Exit 31 from I-15, the Escondido Freeway, for the Sprinter station.
Take West Valley Parkway east, it splits into one-way streets, and West
Grand Ave continues east. Take a left at N Quince St, and another left
at W Valley Parkway to the station.
I-15 comes down from the Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino CA area off
I-10, and comes up from downtown San Diego.
If your coming via I-5, take exit 31 (Vista Way) and then travel east on the
Ronald Packard Pkwy, CA-78 into Escondido.
321 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
In Grape Day Park
Historically speaking, this station is one of San Diego County’s most significant.
Another centenarian, this 1887 depot served Escondido passengers from 1888 to 1945.
Freight operations continued until 1981 when Santa Fe served notice that they would
raze the building. City preservationists rallied enough support to purchase and move
the building to Grape Day Park in 1985. The depot now sits approximately 1 mile
east of the original trackside site.
In 1887 just after completion
Escondido Transit Center Station
GPS Coordinates: 33.11842, -117.09228
796 West Valley Parkway
Sprinter's 22 mile east-west route includes 15 stations in the towns of
Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido. Trains run every half
hour between 4:00am and 9:30pm, Monday through Friday, and hourly
on weekends. A project of the North County Transit District (NCTD),
the Sprinter service takes 53 minutes to go from one end of the line
to the other, and trips average 20 to 30 minutes.
One of the major functions of Sprinter is to feed NCTD's Coaster
regional passenger rail ("commuter") service running between
Oceanside and downtown San Diego; in addition, Sprinter
complements the San Diego Trolley light rail transit system
that connects parts of the central, eastern, and southern
sections of the county. Bus routes (NCTD also operates a
165-vehicle fleet) have been adjusted to serve Sprinter
stations. Veolia Transportation is under contact to operate
the Sprinter trains.
All of the Sprinter stations have concrete platforms with
benches and overhanging shelters. All stations except
for Cal State San Marcos have free parking.
Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.
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