Poinsettia Coaster Station
Renovation on the Poinsettia Coaster Station in Carlsbad officially begins Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Photo: SANDAG

Renovation of the Poinsettia Coaster Station in Carlsbad got underway Wednesday as part of a $34 million improvements project that is expected to be completed in 2020.

The upgrades are designed to provide easier access to the station, reduce train delays, enhance pedestrian safety and improve station amenities, such as lighting, signage and shelters. The project will also include lengthening and elevating passenger platforms, installing a fence between the tracks, relocating existing tracks, and building a pedestrian and bicycle undercrossing between platforms, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.

The project is being funded through federal, state and local dollars, including the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by SANDAG.

The project is part of a larger vision under the North Coast Corridor Proram to improve the San Diego segment of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor running through six cities within San Diego County.

Nearly $1 billion of improvements are planned along the 60-mile San Diego segment of the LOSSAN corridor over the next 20 years as part of the NCC Program. The improvements include double-tracking the San Diego segment of the LOSSAN rail line, replacing aging rail bridges, installing new safety equipment, adding new stations and platforms, incorporating new grade separations for safe and legal crossings, and working with project partners to establish future Quiet Zones, according to SANDAG.

To date, the NCC Program has been awarded more than $160 million as a result of SB 1, the recently-passed California Gas Tax. The California Transportation Commission is expected to decide on an additional $195 million in SB 1 funds for the NCC Program at its meeting in May.