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Posted on: January 17, 2021

Council gives go-ahead for inter-agency rail crossing study

aerial view of train tracks on Del Mar bluffs

The City Council on Jan. 11 approved an agreement with regional planning and transportation agencies to launch the Safe Rail Trail and Pedestrian Crossing Study.

Commissioned in partnership with the San Diego Association of Governments and North County Transit District, the study will examine suitable locations for safe crossings for pedestrians and identify trails within the railroad right-of-way where people could continue to enjoy access to the coastal bluffs.

SANDAG is leading the study, which is funded by a grant from the California Department of Transportation.

The 18-month study will examine the rail corridor between Coast Boulevard and Torrey Pines State Beach.

In related business Jan. 11, the City Council received a report on the findings of North County Transit District's Trespasser Risk Reduction Study. Released in October, that study outlines plans to install chain link fencing along the Del Mar Bluffs rail corridor. No City Council action was taken.

NCTD owns and operates the railway. In August, the agency petitioned federal authorities to permit fencing along the Del Mar bluffs. The petition has been tabled to allow for negotiations with the City and SANDAG.

On Jan. 21, Mayor Terry Gaasterland is scheduled to address North County Transit District's Board of Directors on rail issues.

Open staff report for SANDAG, NCTD agreement (PDF)
Watch meeting video


Open staff report for NCTD presentation (PDF)
Watch meeting video

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