What is the project and where will it be built?

The Encinitas stretch of the 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail will help improve biking and walking connections to several destinations in the Encinitas community, including local parks and businesses, beaches, and schools. The first segment in Encinitas will provide a 1.3-mile walking and biking path along the east side of the railroad tracks near San Elijo Avenue, from Chesterfield Drive to the Santa Fe Drive undercrossing.

Who is responsible for building this project?

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the lead agency responsible for constructing the project; SANDAG has and will continue to collaborate with the City of Encinitas, California Coastal Commission (CCC), Caltrans, North County Transit District (NCTD) and other involved agencies. 

Why is this project needed and what are the benefits?

This project would provide safe and convenient connectivity for people who walk and bike in Encinitas. The proposed path will help to create a network of facilities to offer more transportation choices in the community by providing safe routes for people to walk and bike to parks, beaches, 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.

The project is also one of the improvements identified in the North Coast Corridor (NCC) Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program (PWP/TREP). The PWP/TREP includes a package of highway, rail, biking/walking, environmental, and coastal access improvements along San Diego’s North Coast Corridor – a 27-mile stretch from La Jolla to Oceanside – over the next 30 years.

Given the Coastal Commission's direction to put the project on the east side of railroad tracks, will there be opportunities for the community to provide feedback on the design?

Over the years, community members have expressed varying opinions on several aspects of the project including location, design features, connections, among others. While SANDAG values community collaboration and has incorporated feedback where feasible, the project must conform to the NOID as conditioned by the California Coastal Commission on May 11, 2017

To receive email updates with the latest project news, please contact Brandy Sweitzer at brandy.sweitzer@sandag.org.

Will this project affect parking?

Parking will be affected by the project; the exact changes in the number of spaces has not been quantified.

Will this project affect emergency vehicle access?

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 ensure emergency service providers are informed of the project plans and encouraged to provide their feedback. 

Will this project impact traffic?

The project is intended to improve transportation choices in Encinitas and, in particular, create better connections from neighborhoods to key destinations throughout coastal communities without using a car. Traffic flow is expected to remain the same.

Will there be a fence constructed alongside the rail line for this project?

A fence separating the path from the railroad tracks is required by the North County Transit District to be built as part of the Coastal Rail Trail project. The fence will be a 48 inch tall post and cable fence.

What is the project status?

Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2018 and the project is expected to be completed in early 2019.

What is the project’s environmental review process?

The project has been environmentally cleared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

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. The project is also partially funded by a State of California Active Transportation Program grant. 

How can I stay informed about the project?

Visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/EncinitasBike or contact us to receive email updates with the latest project news:

Brandy Sweitzer
Senior Public Outreach Officer
401 B Street, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101 
(619) 595-5610
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