NCTD secures RAISE grant for SPRINTER Corridor Service Improvement Project

NCTD secures RAISE grant for SPRINTER Corridor Service Improvement Project Image credit: NCTD

The North County Transit District (NCTD, The District) has announced the award of a $10.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to complete preliminary engineering and environmental clearance for the eastern segment of the SPRINTER Corridor Service Improvement Project from Escondido to San Marcos.

The SPRINTER Corridor Service Improvement Project will construct 9.5 miles of double tracking along North County San Diego’s SPRINTER hybrid rail corridor. Funding from the RAISE program will complete environmental review and preliminary engineering for the segment of double tracking between the cities of San Marcos and Escondido and is a major milestone in efforts to double SPRINTER service frequency from 30-minutes to 15-minutes.  

The SPRINTER Corridor supports NCTD SPRINTER hybrid rail service as well as BNSF freight services. Double tracking will enable freight services to increase frequencies, enhancing the movement of freight and supporting an efficient supply chain in southern California. 

The award from builds upon funding NCTD received from Congressman Mike Levin (CA-49) and the Federal Transit Administration to modernize the SPRINTER signal infrastructure. Together, signal modernization and double tracking will enhance public transit in North County San Diego and strengthen the region’s transportation infrastructure.

Source: NCTD