Money, Power and Transit: An investigation

by Brad Racino

San Diego taxpayers have a vested interest in the North County Transit District (NCTD).

The public transportation agency, headquartered in Oceanside, is funded by millions of dollars of taxpayer money. It’s overseen by elected officials from within the county, regulated by state and federal agencies, and ultimately accountable to the people of San Diego. It recently turned over the majority of its operations to private companies, which in turn now provide transit-oriented services to people throughout Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, Encinitas, San Marcos, Escondido, Del Mar and Solana Beach.

These cities comprise the southernmost section of the second-busiest rail corridor in the United States.

Over the past year, inewsource has explored the district from the inside and out. We spoke to transit executives, contractors, auditors, federal agencies, everyday riders and dozens of current and former district employees.

The ongoing investigation has resulted in a series of articles we have categorized as “Money, Power and Transit.”

The series:

NCTD Chief Answers Questions About Agency Turnover


The North County Transit District has gone through a major transition since Matthew Tucker was hired as executive director just more than five years ago. News reports by KPBS media partner, inewsource, have revealed a troubled public agency that has problems with its contractors and is now seeing an unusually high turnover of its management staff. As inewsource reports: NCTD ... Read More »