The Encinitas segment of the 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail improves biking and walking connections to several destinations in the Encinitas community, including local parks and businesses, beaches, and schools. The first segment in Encinitas, which opened to the public in May 2019, provides 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.
The project is one of the improvements identified in the North Coast Corridor 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. The PWP/TREP was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) in August 2014. Each project included in the PWP/TREP is subject to CCC review and approval of a Notice of Impending Development (NOID) permit prior to the start of construction.
Caltrans constructed the project in conjuction with ongoing railroad improvement work in the corridor area. Crews began preliminary construction activities along San Elijo Avenue in April 2018. The project opened to the public in May 2019.