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NCTD Receives FTA Funding for Escondido Transit-Oriented Development

Grant for Feasibility of Expanding Redevelopment Opportunities at ETC

Oceanside, CA – The North County Transit District (NCTD) today announced a $240,000 award from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning to advance NCTD’s development efforts at the Escondido Transit Center. This funding will allow the study of the feasibility of exchanging parcels of land with the city of Escondido near the transit center in order to increase the amount of developable land on the site.

“This study is a critical aspect of maximizing the benefits of transit-oriented development in Escondido,” said NCTD Executive Director Matthew O. Tucker. “The strategic redevelopment of land near NCTD stations is an opportunity to create vibrant places that improve mobility, generate organic footfall and provide community benefits such as increased housing, new business opportunities and retail and the creation of world-class public spaces.”

Currently, the Escondido Transit Center is separated from downtown Escondido by parcels of land consisting largely of industrial buildings. This creates a barrier between public transit and jobs, recreation, groceries, and other goods and services in the downtown core and surrounding areas to the east. With the potential land swap near the Escondido Transit Center, NCTD can connect public transit to downtown Escondido and increase the amount of housing and amenities on the site. This study and redevelopment will make improvements to better connect NCTD’s BREEZE and SPRINTER, as well as other modes operated by our regional partners, to increase multimodal accessibility and pedestrian and bicycle circulation.

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with NCTD as we explore how we can increase transit and redevelopment opportunities in Escondido’s Gateway Transit area,” said Julie Procopio, Municipal Engineer of Escondido.

The total study will cost $300,000. NCTD and the City of Escondido will provide the remaining $60,000. This study will take place in conjunction with a request for proposals to redevelop the Escondido Transit Center, which was recently announced in October. Information about this solicitation is available at: The Orchard at Escondido Transit Center Landing Page | Real Capital Markets (cbredealflow.com). As redesigned, The Orchard at Escondido Transit Center will be a mixed-use development that connects all modes of travel, from NCTD transit services to bicycles on the indoor rail trail to downtown walking pedestrians and bus services MTS rapids connecting downtown San Diego.

The Escondido Transit Center is a hub for NCTD’s SPRINTER and BREEZE hybrid bus service and connects residents and visitors to other regional transit modes operated by our transit partners. SPRINTER provides vital transportation service for North County residents and visitors. In a typical year, the SPRINTER carries approximately 2.4 million passengers along the 22-mile corridor between Escondido and Oceanside.

In addition to the Escondido Transit Center redevelopment, NCTD is advancing plans to redevelopment the Oceanside Transit Center, Carlsbad Village Station and Carlsbad Poinsettia Station. NCTD also plans to redevelop several stations along the SPRINTER corridor in the cities of Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos. Redevelopment near public transit helps communities meet their housing and emissions reduction goals, spur economic development, create well-paying jobs, improve air quality, and ease traffic congestion.

For more information on NCTD’s redevelopment projects, please visit GoNCTD.com.