NEW: SANDAG to Host Community Open House on December 7, 2022

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Please join us to learn more about the Coastal Connections study. Stop by to talk with the project team and share your opinions on potential pedestrian access improvements including rail corridor crossings, trails, and beach access points. The study area is between Coast Boulevard and Torrey Pines State Beach in Del Mar, along a 1.6-mile section of the rail corridor situated among coastal bluffs. The project team will present and gather feedback from the community on potential pedestrian access improvements, including the expected benefits,

 

Date/Time:

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Project overview presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m.

 

Location:

Del Mar Town Hall

1050 Camino del Mar

Del Mar, CA 92014


Free parking is provided at the Del Mar Civic Center with entrances on either side of the building at 11th Street or 10th Street.

 

Coastal Connections Conceptual Planning Study

The Coastal Connections Conceptual Planning Study is assessing the opportunities and constraints of potential pedestrian trails and crossings of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor, the nation’s second-busiest passenger rail corridor. The study area is in Del Mar between Coast Boulevard and Torrey Pines State Beach, along a 1.5-mile section of the rail corridor situated among coastal bluffs.

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Currently, many pedestrians enter railroad property in this area, both to cross the corridor and to walk along the bluffs. This creates safety concerns for pedestrians and risks impacting passenger and freight rail services. Additional safety measures such as corridor fencing are planned for installation, which necessitates a study of potential crossings to accommodate coastal access in a safe and legal manner.

The Coastal Connections study is objectively evaluating a range of potential pedestrian access improvements including overcrossings, trails, and beach access points. The project team will not recommend any one solution as a preferred option, but rather present many potential options to the community, including summaries of the expected benefits, costs, and potential tradeoffs of each.

The study is being led by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) with support from agency stakeholders including the City of Del Mar, North County Transit District, the California Coastal Commission, and Caltrans.

 

Anticipated Schedule

  • Summer 2021: Assessment of existing conditions
  • Fall 2021 - Spring 2022: Development of initial draft concepts
  • Spring 2022 Fall 2022: Evaluation and refinement of draft concepts
  • December 2022 - January 2023: Community review including open house meeting
  • February 2023 - March 2023: Refined concepts and final report

Following the study’s completion in early-2023, the next step will be to continue advancing the most promising improvement concepts through a community-focused planning and design process.

 

Opportunities to Get Involved

The study offers several opportunities to get involved and stay informed, including:

  • Del Mar City Council: On October 4, 2021, the project team presented a brief introduction to the study at a Del Mar City Council meeting. To view the agenda and presentation details, please visit the City of Del Mar website.
  • Del Mar City Council: On Monday, December 5, 2022, the project team presented an update on the study at a Del Mar City Council meeting. To view the agenda and meeting details, please visit the City of Del Mar website.
  • Community Open House: On Wednesday, December 7, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m., the project team will solicit community feedback on the initial draft improvement concepts via a community open house meeting as well as an online review portal, plus focused meetings with stakeholder agencies and organizations. More details will be announced via the email list (see above) and this website.

Contact

Project Hotline: (858) 549-RAIL

Project Email: [email protected]

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