ESCONDIDO (CNS) - The North County Transit District is scheduled Sunday to begin five days of testing replacement brake parts on its Sprinter trains.
Service by the Sprinter, which runs between Oceanside and Escondido, was suspended nearly one month ago when accelerated wear patterns were discovered on rotors in the central disc braking system for its train cars.
New rotors arrived Wednesday and maintenance crews are installing them under the supervision of Federal Railroad Administration officials and the California Public Utilities Commission, the NCTD said.
Testing is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., between the Escondido Transit Center and Woodland Parkway in San Marcos.
The NCTD is operating special bus routes while the Sprinter is shut down.
The transit agency also announced that, beginning Monday, a bus will run between the Nordahl Sprinter Station and Craven Circle at Cal State San Marcos from 7:05 a.m. to 7:03 p.m.
Beginning April 12, schedules for the replacement buses will be modified to provide earlier and more frequent service, according to the NCTD.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a former San Diego police officer accused of groping four women during pat-down searches last year.
Chula Vista police will be looking for drivers talking or texting on cell phones Tuesday and through the end of the month as part of "Distracting Driving Awareness Month."
Police were on the lookout Tuesday for the man who fired a shot while robbing a Rolando-area smoke shop and his accomplice who emptied its cash register.