Veolia Transportation says it has been awarded a two-year contract extension for operations and maintenance of the North Country Transit District (NCTD) Sprinter service in northern San Diego County, Calif.
Sprinter, the nation’s second diesel light rail transit (DLRT) line to be established in modern times, spans 22 miles from Oceanside to Escondido, Calif., serving 15 stations. After a series of delays, Sprinter began passenger revenue service in March 2008.
The two-year contract extension, approved NCTD in November, calls for Veolia Transportation to manage the Sprinter service through December 2014 with an additional 18-month extension—at the discretion of NCTD’s Board of Directors— through June 30, 2016. The original contract with Veolia was approved by the NCTD in April 2006.
“Veolia Transportation welcomes the opportunity to continue its service to the NCTD and to provide safe, efficient, and environmentally-friendly Sprinter transportation services to the community,” stated Richard Dahl, general manager, Veolia Transportation.