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  by coasterengineer
As of today 11/12/2008 Tickets Are Still On Sale

OCEANSIDE, Calif.; 11/4/2008
Santa Claus Coming to North County on the COASTER Dec. 6

North County Transit District (NCTD) will again run a very special holiday-themed train called “Santa’s COASTER Express” featuring an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. NCTD is offerings rides on this very special train for $4 per passenger, with all proceeds to be donated to North County’s Community Resource Center.
Special round-trip tickets must be purchased in advance from NCTD’s Customer Service office at 810 Mission Avenue in Oceanside. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12.

Santa’s COASTER Express is scheduled to run two trips, each lasting for approximately one and a half hours. The train departure times are scheduled for approximately 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2008. The ride will feature decorated train cars, the jolly man himself, Mrs. Claus and other goodies for children who made it on Santa’s “nice list” this year. This event is recommended for families with children between the ages of 3 and 10.

This year’s special Santa train is a leisurely-paced, abbreviated round-trip experience rather than a destination train. It will begin and end at the Oceanside Transit Center, where parking is plentiful. The train will travel south to the Del Mar area and then head north, returning to the Oceanside Transit Center to drop off passengers. The train will not stop at other COASTER stations to let passengers on or off.

All money raised from the $4 fare per person will go to support Community Resource Center, which has been a primary provider of comprehensive social services to the North County Coastal communities since 1979. For more information about Community Resource Center, visit http://www.communityresourcecenter.org.

Tickets for Santa’s COASTER Express will only be sold from NCTD’s Customer Service office beginning November 12. The Customer Service office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets sales are first come, first served until sold out. Limit six per person. Fare media from the ticket vending machines will not be accepted on the special train and passengers will not be permitted to board without the special ticket. Passengers of all ages (including infants) must have this special ticket to board Santa's COASTER Express.

It is recommended that passengers arrive at the Oceanside Transit Center to catch the train at least 20 minutes prior to the train departure time. Due to limited space onboard, please do not bring strollers or bicycles aboard Santa’s COASTER Express. This special train will run, rain or shine.

The COASTER will continue to operate a regular Saturday schedule on December 6. These trains require regular fare. To download a flyer about Santa’s COASTER Express and a list of frequently asked questions, visit http://www.GoNCTD.com. For more information, call 760-966-6500.

NCTD moves more than 12 million passengers annually by providing public transportation for North San Diego County. The family of transit services includes the BREEZE bus system, the COASTER commuter train, LIFT paratransit and the SPRINTER light rail service. It is NCTD’s mission to deliver safe, convenient, reliable and user-friendly public transportation services.
  by pennsy
Metrolink has a similar train, and it travels most of its route somewhere around those times as well. Exact times will eventually be published in the local newspapers, or a call to Metrolink. We caught it one year and brought some stuffed animals to the Ontario station, per their request, to be given to children by their Santa Claus. It was great fun, with a live band on a flat car, singing and dancing girls etc. etc.