Friday, August 22, 2014

Solana Beach train station-Pacific Surfliner and COASTER

Solana Beach station is a large railway station that serves the Pacific Surfliner and the COASTER.  The station is located in a "valley" of sorts with a walkway to connect the two platforms, each serving one track.  The tracks were lowered to their current position in the late 90's to alleviate congestion on Lomas Santa Fe Road and Downtown Solana Beach.  The station was designed by architect Rob Wellington Quigley, and was built in 1994 to replace the depot in Del Mar.  Funding for the station included $2.8 million from Proposition 116, $33 million was obtained through Transnet, which was a half cent county sales tax and used for land acquisition and design.  The architect drew inspiration for the design from a group of Quonset huts that used to line North Cedros  Avenue in the 1940's.  The train station is location on North Cedros. The architect added a tower similar to those found on many train depots dating to the second half of the 19th  century to the basic semi-circular form of the hut.

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