North Coast Corridor Overview

The North Coast Corridor (NCC) Program offers a balanced transportation system to provide travelers choices for the future while enhancing the quality of life for residents. The NCC Program is comprised of three primary focus areas – the Interstate 5 (I-5) Express lanes Project, coastal rail and transit enhancements, and environmental protection and coastal access improvements.

The NCC Program represents a $6.5 billion investment in the San Diego economy over the next few decades, including more than $250 million to preserve and enhance sensitive coastal habitat and improve coastal access. 

The NCC Program:

  • improves regional mobility and coastal access
  • focuses highway capacity improvements on facilities that move more people, not just cars
  • improves reliability and capacity along the rail corridor for intercity, commuter and freight rail services
  • protects and enhances environmental resources and improves coastal access

The NCC Program is included in TransNet, the voter approved, half-cent sales tax initiative that helps fund transportation projects in the region.

What's New

Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program Re-Released

On March 1, 2013, the Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program (PWP/TREP)  for the North Coast Corridor (NCC) Project was re-released for a 60-day public review and comment period. The document is an implementation blueprint for a package of rail, highway, environmental and coastal access improvements, the majority of which have been contained in previously-adopted regional and city plans. The PWP/TREP will be considered by the California Coastal Commission in its review of the proposed NCC Project, which spans 27 miles from La Jolla to Oceanside.   

Originally released in 2010, the PWP/TREP has been updated to include: 

  • selection of the Express Lanes only alternative
  • refinement of a comprehensive mitigation and enhancement plan including lengthening rail and highway bridges 
  • design guidelines for the North Coast Corridor 
  • additional coastal access elements like the new 27-mile North Coast Bike Trail 
  • implementation of Senate Bill 468 
  • regional sea level rise study 
  • more than 30 visual simulations  

The PWP/TREP aims to deliver needed transportation solutions while protecting and enhancing coastal resources and access; and to provide the public with assurances that a balanced range of rail, highway, environmental and coastal access enhancements will be implemented consistent with the California Coastal Act and state and federal laws.   

Members of the public are invited to comment on how the NCC Project affects coastal access and other resources in the corridor and to review the PWP/TREP, which will be considered by the California Coastal Commission for consistency with applicable Local Coastal Programs and the California Coastal Act.  

The PWP/TREP aims to deliver needed transportation solutions while protecting and enhancing coastal resources and access; and to provide the public with assurances that a balanced range of rail, highway, environmental and coastal access enhancements will be implemented consistent with the California Coastal Act and state and federal laws.   

The official 60-day comment period for the PWP/TREP came to a close on April 29, 2013. However, members of the public are still encouraged to provide feedback on the PWP/TREP and can do so by emailingNCCPWP@dot.ca.gov

Two public meetings were held on April 3 and 4, 2013, to gather feedback and answer questions. Meeting materials are posted here.

 

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