Who is responsible for building this
The San Diego Association of Governments
(SANDAG) is the lead agency responsible for constructing the project; SANDAG
will continue to collaborate with the City of Encinitas throughout the
What is the first Encinitas segment of
the Coastal Rail Trail and where will it be built?
The first Encinitas segment of the Coastal
Rail Trail is proposed as a 1.3-mile Class I shared-use path along the ocean
bluff, and buffered bike lanes on Coast Highway 101, between Chesterfield Drive
and the Santa Fe Drive Undercrossing. The project is intended to provide a
comfortable environment for people of all ages and abilities to ride their
bikes and walk.
Has feedback been solicited from the
SANDAG, in collaboration with the City of
Encinitas, has hosted three public workshops since 2013. SANDAG also has
presented to Encinitas City Council and numerous groups in the community. SANDAG
also participates in the City’s Coastal Mobility and Livability Study Working
Group. Community feedback is an important part of the planning process and
interested parties will have additional opportunities to provide input as the
How was the alignment along Coast
Highway 101 selected?
In 2014, a concept was developed for the
Encinitas segment to be a Class I (completely separated from vehicle traffic)
shared use path in the North County Transit District’s (NCTD) railroad
right-of-way. In April 2015, SANDAG presented two options at a community
meeting: 1) along Coast Highway 101 and 2) a revised version of the previous
concept in the NCTD railroad right-of-way, along Vulcan and San Elijo avenues.
In May 2015, Encinitas City Council directed city staff and SANDAG to develop
plans to implement the second alignment option.
In March 2016, Encinitas City Council voted
to have SANDAG shift the alignment westward to follow Coast Highway 101, and
utilize the concept presented at the April 2015 meeting as the basis for the
west side project design.
Why is this project needed and what are
This project would provide safe and
convenient connectivity for people walking and riding bikes in Encinitas. The
proposed path will help to create a network of facilities to offer people
transportation options in the community by providing safe routes for people to
walk and bike to parks, shops, schools, and restaurants.
The project will help fulfill the vision laid
out in the San Diego Regional Bike Plan to make riding a bike a useful form of
transportation for everyday travel by connecting people of all ages and
abilities to many community assets, including beaches, schools, neighborhoods,
transit, employment, and other key destinations.
Will this project affect parking?
The project does not propose any changes to
parking along the corridor.
Will this project affect emergency
No, this project is not anticipated to impede emergency vehicle access
to nearby homes and neighborhoods. SANDAG and the City of Encinitas will continue
to coordinate with local first responders to inform emergency service providers
of the project plans.
Will this project impact traffic?
The project is intended to improve
transportation options in Encinitas and, in particular, create better
connections from neighborhoods to key destinations throughout coastal
communities for people biking or walking. Planned changes to the roadway may
lower driving speeds, increasing the safety of all road users; however, traffic
flow is not expected to be negatively impacted.
Will there be a fence constructed
alongside the rail line for this project?
The project does not propose a fence along
the NCTD right-of-way.
What is the project status?
The project is currently in the preliminary
engineering phase, after which the project will transition to final design, then
construction. The SANDAG Transportation Committee approved the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemption for the project on January 20, 2017. Construction is
anticipated to begin in 2018 and the project is expected to be completed in 2019.
What is the project’s environmental review process?
Following the completion of conceptual planning and
beginning the preliminary engineering phase, the project’s state-level
environmental review was performed in accordance with CEQA. SANDAG’s Transportation Committee approved the
CEQA exemption for the project in
January 2017. The project will also undergo environmental review in accordance
with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Before construction, the project will obtain all required permits and/or
approvals related to the protection of plants, wildlife, water quality, and
other environmental resources.
How is the project funded?
Design, engineering, and construction of the
Encinitas segment of the Coastal Rail Trail are funded by federal, state, and
local funds, including the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax for
transportation administered by SANDAG.
How can I stay informed about the
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