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, visitors can find official information related to LOSSAN Rail Relignment (proposed tunneling), NCTD railway fencing, SANDAG Bluff Stabilization 5, SANDAG San Dieguito Double Track Project, and the SANDAG Coastal Connections Conceptual Planning Study.
LOSSAN Rail Relignment (proposed tunneling)
SANDAG webpage: San Dieguito to Sorrento Valley Double Track | Del Mar Tunnels Alternatives Analysis Report | San Diego Regional Rail Corridor Alternative Alignment and Improvements Conceptual Engineering Study | August 2023 (PDF)
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.
Related Documents and Videos:
- San Diego LOSSAN Rail Realignment Project Tunneling Workshop, November 6, 2023 WATCH VIDEO
- LOSSAN Rail Realignment Virtual Information Session, October 19, 2023 WATCH VIDEO
- LOSSAN Rail Realignment Tunneling Workshop, October 4, 2023 WATCH VIDEO
- SANDAG presentation, July 2023 (PDF)WATCH MEETING
- SANDAG presentation, November 2022 (PDF)WATCH MEETING
- Staff report and presentation, July 2021 (PDF)WATCH MEETING
- SANDAG presentation, May 2021 (PDF)WATCH MEETING
- Final Report from the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) San Diego Regional Rail Corridor Working Group, January 2021 (PDF)
- Conceptual Double Track Alignment Alternatives between Del Mar Fairgrounds and
NCTD Railway Fencing (proposed)
A North County Transit District (NCTD) proposal calls for fencing along the Del Mar bluffs rail corridor. The City of Del Mar has not agreed to the proposed plan and 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. In May 2023, the United States Surface Transportation Board declined to grant NCTD's Petition of Declaratory Order, finding issues related to NCTD's proposed fencing project should be addressed by State courts. A State court decision is expected early 2024. The City of Del Mar is not a party to the State court litigation.
- City of Del Mar Statement re: Surface Transportation Board Decision (5-24-2023)
- Surface Transportation Board Decision (5-22-2023)
- City of Del Mar Statement re. NCTD’s Proposed Rail Fencing Project in Del Mar (1-11-2022) (PDF)
- Letter from City of Del Mar to NCTD Board re NCTD Fencing (1-11-2022) (PDF)
- NCTD Letter to City of Del Mar (1-4-22) (PDF)
- Staff report (10-18-21)
- NCTD presentation materials (10-18-21)WATCH MEETING
- City of Del Mar Priorities for Addressing the Rail Right-of-Way through the Del Mar Bluffs (11-23-2020) (PDF)
SANDAG Bluffs Stabilization Project 5
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 early 2024.
The work program calls for improving drainage structures, reinforcing the bluff with pilings and adding bluff protection measures such as seawalls.
- Staff report, November 2022, (PDF)
- SANDAG presentation, November 2022 (PDF)WATCH MEETING
- 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 late 2024 and includes 0.8 mile of double-tracking north of the river and realigning the Stevens Creek channel, which today runs parallel to the tracks.
Phase 2 is not fully funded and is unscheduled. Phase 2 includes: the double-tracked bridge, special events platform, realignment of the tracks south of Via de la Valle, double-tracking south of the river and utility improvements.
SANDAG Coastal Connections Conceptual Planning Study
SANDAG’s Coastal Connections Conceptual Planning Study assesses opportunities for pedestrian trails and crossings along 1.5 miles of railway between Coast Boulevard and Torrey Pines State Beach.
Completed in 2023, the study evaluates pedestrian access improvements that include overcrossings, trails and beach access points.
SANDAG will continue advancing the most promising improvement concepts through a community-focused planning and design process. The SANDAG Board of Directors has the final say on which of the proposed improvements get built.
SANDAG is required to build the project within three years from the start of construction of the Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization Project 5, which is scheduled to begin late 2023 or early 2024.