SANDAG is working to stabilize portions of the 1.6 miles of
coastal bluffs between Coast Boulevard and Torrey Pines State Beach in the City
of Del Mar. This integral part of the 128-mile Los Angeles to San Diego
(LOSSAN) rail corridor provides a vital link for passenger and freight
movements within San Diego County, as well as between San Diego, Los Angeles,
and points farther north.
The North County Transit District COASTER commuter rail
service, Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner intercity service, and BNSF Railway freight
service all rely upon this segment of track to serve their customers. Previous
phases 1, 2, and 3 of stabilizing the Del Mar Bluffs were completed in 2003, 2007
This project will help preserve track-bed support to ensure
uninterrupted rail service by stabilizing the areas of the Del Mar Bluffs
identified as needing the most urgent repair. This stabilization project will
ensure the continued reliability of the LOSSAN Corridor. Continued operation
over this segment will require protecting the Del Mar Bluffs from erosion,
drainage improvements, rehabilitation or damaged slopes and sea walls, and
stabilization of areas with a risk of slope failure.
It is an objective for SANDAG, NCTD, and Amtrak to increase
reliability of existing passenger rail services and provide for future demand
on the corridor. Stabilizing the Del Mar Bluffs directly supports this
objective. The proposed project is consistent with key regional and corridor
plans including the SANDAG 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the
LOSSAN Program Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Statement by
Caltrans and the Federal Railroad Administration (Record of Decision 2009).