Encinitas Coastal Rail Trail - Opportunities to Get Involved

Beginning in 2013, the Encinitas Coastal Rail Trail was presented at community meetings, various City of Encinitas committees, and Encinitas City Council meetings as the project progressed through the preliminary engineering, environmental clearance, planning, final design, and construction stages until the project was opened to the public in May 2019.

Future Coastal Rail Trail – Planning/Alignment Study 

In 2020, SANDAG led a planning study with the City of Encinitas, NCTD, and the California Coastal Commission that evaluated the opportunities and constraints of three potential Coastal Rail Trail (CRT) alignments within the City of Encinitas. The project team evaluated adjacent roadway, rail pedestrian, and drainage projects and the resulting findings are used as a basis for the future implementation of the next segments of the Coastal Rail Trail. 

View the Alignment Evaluation Report

Report with Appendices

Report without Appendices

View the Appendices

Appendix A-1 – La Costa Ave to Encinitas Blvd: West Side Alignment

Appendix A-2 – La Costa Ave to Encinitas Blvd: East Side Alignment

Appendix A-3 – Encinitas Blvd to Santa Fe Dr

Appendix A-4 – City of Encinitas Striping Plan for Coast Highway 101 South of Chesterfield Dr

Appendix B – Cost Estimates

Appendix C – Project-Related Agency Communications

Appendix D – Costal Rail Trail/Parking Pod Conflict Analysis

Past Meetings

Taste of Cardiff - May 3, 2018

SANDAG provided free bike valet service at the Taste of Cardiff on May 3, 2018. SANDAG spoke with community members about upcoming bike and pedestrian improvements and provided construction information.

SANDAG Transportation Committee Meeting – June 2, 2017 and SANDAG Board of Directors Meeting – June 9, 2017

At their June 2 and June 9 meetings, the SANDAG Transportation Committee and Board of Directors, respectively, recommended and approved an amendment to the FY 2018 Program Budget, adding an amount not to exceed $5 million to the project (CIP No. 1223017) in order to complete the construction of the east side alignment.

California Coastal Commission Meeting - May 11, 2017

At its May 11 meeting, the California Coastal Commission considered the project’s development application, known as a Notice of Impending Development (NOID). (Please follow the tab to Thursday, May 11, 2017 and see item 18A.) 

The Coastal Commission approved the project’s NOID (Agenda Item 18a) with the special condition that the project be built within or immediately adjacent to the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail right-of-way along San Elijo Avenue (east side of railroad tracks) to be consistent with the North Coast Corridor Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program.


City Council Meeting

February 25, 2015


Meeting #3

April 21, 2015

Flier | Presentation | Chesterfield Drive to E Street - Draft Corridor Map | Chesterfield Drive to E Street - Draft Section Diagrams

Meeting #2

February 11, 2014

Flier | Chesterfield Dr. – 101 Intersection Concept A | Chesterfield Dr. – 101 Intersection Concept B | Coastal Rail Trail – 19-foot concept, Section 1 | Coastal Rail Trail – 19-foot concept, Section 2 | Coastal Rail Trail – Options A & B, Section 1 | Coastal Rail Trail – Options A & B, Section 2 | Coastal Rail Trail – Cross Sections (conceptual) | Presentation

Meeting #1

November 14, 2013

Flier | Presentation

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