Sprinter service could be suspended up to 4 months

Brake problems cited as reason for stoppage

SAN DIEGO - Brake problems prompted the North County Transit District to announce Friday that it will stop running its Sprinter trains between Escondido and Oceanside at midnight.

The service disruption could last between two and four months, according to the agency.

In its place, bus service will run every half-hour this weekend. Alternative bus service for the weekdays is still being arranged, according to the NCTD.

This weekend, the agency will operate a special express bus service that will operate between Oceanside Transit Center and Escondido Transit Center and make stops at Vista Transit Center, Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos. The buses will run every 30 minutes. The total length of a one-way trip on this express bus will be 45 minutes.

The move comes one day before transit officials had planned to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Sprinter service. A celebration scheduled for Saturday was canceled.

The agency said accelerated wear patterns were discovered on rotors in the central disc braking system for its train cars. The shutdown will allow the NCTD and their contractors, Bombardier and Veolia, to perform repairs. Rotors inside these central brakes were exhibiting accelerated wear patterns.

The weekend buses will run between the Escondido and Oceanside transit centers, and stop at the Vista Transit Center, Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College, according to the NCTD.

NCTD is finalizing bus replacement service beginning Monday and encourages the public to monitor the website at www.GoNCTD.com, Facebook at Facebook.com/goNCTD and Twitter @goNCTD for the latest service announcements.

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