Inland Rail Trail 

Inland Rail Trail

What's New

The SANDAG Board of Directors adopted the Final Subsequent Mitigated Negative Declaration for the San Marcos to Vista Segment of the Inland Rail Trail at its July 26, 2013 meeting. The project received approval under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on August 5, 2013.


The Inland Rail Trail is a proposed 21-mile Class I facility that is located within the cities of Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido, as well as within a portion of the unincorporated County of San Diego. 

The eastern most portion of the bikeway already has been constructed by the cities of Escondido and San Marcos and extends from the Escondido SPRINTER Rail Station in the City of Escondido to the intersection of West Mission Road and North Pacific Street in the City of San Marcos.

The current project, the San Marcos to Vista portion 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 Melrose Drive. The project extends from the intersection of North Melrose Drive and West Bobier Drive to the intersection of West Mission Road and North Pacific Street. View project area and typical cross section. Construction of the project is expected to be accomplished in phases beginning in fall 2014 and lasting through 2019.

When completed, the path will provide access to five SPRINTER stations. The project is generally located in the North County Transit District (NCTD) right-of-way.

The western most portion of the Inland Rail Trail, which will extend it from Melrose Drive to Wisconsin Avenue in the City of Oceanside, will be part of a future project. 

The Inland Rail Trail is an important element of the SANDAG Regional Bicycle Plan and is considered a priority project. Completion of this trail and other similar Class I facilities will make an important contribution in moving toward an interconnected regional bike network throughout the region. Class I bike paths are bikeways that are physically separate from vehicular traffic.

Project Notices

News, information, and construction notices will be posted to the Notices tab as they occur.

Project Manager

Emilio Rodriguez, PE
Senior Engineer/Project Manager
SANDAG TransNet Project Office
Phone: (619) 699-6984