The Inland Rail Trail is a proposed 21-mile Class I bikeway located through the cities of Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido, as well as within a portion of the unincorporated County of San Diego. A class I bikeway is a bike path that is physically separate from motor vehicle traffic.
In 2009, the eastern most portion of the bikeway was constructed in the cities of Escondido and San Marcos; that portion of the Inland Rail Trail begins at the Escondido SPRINTER Rail Station and ends at the intersection of West Mission Road and North Pacific Street in San Marcos.
The current project, the San Marcos to Vista segment of the Inland Rail Trail, is a 7-mile Class I bikeway passing through San Marcos, Vista, and the County of San Diego. Approximately 0.1 mile of the proposed project is located within the City of Oceanside along North Melrose Drive. This segment of the Inland Rail Trail begins at the intersection of West Mission Road and North Pacific Street in San Marcos and ends at the intersection of North Melrose Drive and West Bobier Drive in Oceanside. View project area and typical cross section
. Construction of the project is expected to be accomplished in four phases, with the first beginning in fall 2015. The remaining segments will begin once the first segment is completed. Construction is expected to last through 2018.
When completed, the path will provide access to five SPRINTER stations. The project is generally located in the North County Transit District right-of-way.
The western most portion of the Inland Rail Trail, which will extend the bikeway from the intersection of North Melrose Drive and West Bobier Drive to Wisconsin Avenue in Oceanside, will be part of a future project.
The Inland Rail Trail is an important element of the SANDAG Regional Bike Plan and is considered a priority project. Completion of this trail and other similar Class I bikeways will help create an interconnected regional bike network throughout the region.
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Emilio Rodriguez, PE
Senior Engineer/Project Manager
SANDAG TransNet Project Office
Phone: (619) 699-6984