SANDAG/NCTD Rail Projects
Regional transportation agencies are advancing a number of rail projects in Del Mar. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the lead planning agency on the railway, which is owned and operated by North County Transit District (NCTD). On this webpage, viewers can find official information related to NCTD railway fencing, SANDAG Bluff Stabilization 5, SANDAG San Dieguito Double Track Project, SANDAG Regional Rail Alignment Study, and the SANDAG Coastal Connections Conceptual Planning Study.
NCTD railway fencing (proposed)
An NCTD proposal calls for fencing along the Del Mar bluffs rail corridor. The City of Del Mar has not agreed to the proposed plan. Del Mar is working in collaboration with the California Coastal Commission, SANDAG, and other regional agencies to ensure NCTD respects the rights, property, environmental and safety considerations along the Del Mar bluffs.
SANDAG Bluffs Stabilization Project 5 (in design)
For the Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization Project Phase 5, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) plans a number of drainage, shoring and strengthening projects between Coast Boulevard and Carmel Valley Road.
Construction is expected to begin in early 2023.
The work program calls for improving drainage structures, reinforcing the bluff with pilings and adding bluff protection measures such as seawalls. Meanwhile, SANDAG is completing emergency repairs to a large section of bluff that collapsed south of 4th Street in February 2021.
- Staff report, December 2021 (PDF)
- SANDAG presentation, December 2021 (PDF) WATCH MEETING
- City of Del Mar comment letter, October 2021 (PDF)
- SANDAG presentation, September 2021 (PDF) WATCH MEETING
- SANDAG presentation, July 2021 (PDF) WATCH MEETING
- Project Overview & Alternatives Analysis Report, July 2021 (PDF)
- Proposed Plans, June 2021 (Not Final and Subject to Change) (PDF)
- Geotechnical Design Report, June 2021 (30% Design) (PDF)
- Bluff Retreat Technical Memo (Draft) (PDF)
- Staging Areas & Construction Access, September 2020 (PDF)
- Coastal Impact Analysis, June 2021 (PDF)
- Sea Level Rise Technical Memo, May 2021 (PDF)
SANDAG San Dieguito Double Track Project (in design)
SANDAG's San Dieguito Double Track Project envisions a new bridge across San Dieguito River, the double-tracking of 1.1 miles of railway between Solana Beach and Del Mar, a pedestrian undercrossing, and construction of a special events platform at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for Coaster and Amtrak trains.
Construction of Phase 1 is set to begin in 2023 and include double-tracking north of the river, realigning the Stevens Creek channel and relocating underground utility lines. Phase 2 is unfunded and unscheduled and includes the double-tracked bridge, special events platform, realignment of the tracks south of Via de la Valle, and double-tracking south of the river.
SANDAG Regional Rail Alignment Study (proposed tunneling)
In the San Diego Regional Rail Alignment Study, SANDAG planners have identified five possible tunnel routes as alternatives to the existing line along the Del Mar bluffs. The two alternatives that have scored the highest would run beneath Camino del Mar or Crest Canyon in Del Mar Heights. A feasibility study will determine which of the options will advance to environmental review.
The analysis is part of a larger study examining how to improve the movement of people and goods on the railway between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. The LOSSAN Rail Corridor is the second-busiest in the nation and is travelled annually by 8 million riders and $1 billion in goods.
- Staff report and presentation, July 2021 (PDF) WATCH MEETING
- SANDAG presentation, May 2021 (PDF) WATCH MEETING
SANDAG Coastal Connections Conceptual Planning Study
SANDAG’s Coastal Connections Conceptual Planning Study is assessing opportunities and constraints of potential pedestrian trails and crossings along 1.5 miles of railway between Coast Boulevard and Torrey Pines State Beach. The study is evaluating pedestrian access improvements that could include overcrossings, trails, and beach access points. It is scheduled for completion June 2022.