Skip navigation
navigation section title graphic for Auditor
navigation section title graphic for programs

navigation section title graphic for resources
navigation section title graphic for services
navigation section title graphic for newsletter

View Region newsletter

Public Transit

Chula Vista Light Rail Corridor Improvements – Palomar Street Grade Separation Study

SANDAG and the City of Chula Vista initiated the planning process to develop a project study report for the Chula Vista Light Rail Corridor Improvements.

The study was published in August 2012 and documents the analysis of alternatives for the grade separation of the light rail tracks from the roadway crossings at E Street, H Street, and Palomar Street. These streets are major east-west arterials within Chula Vista and provide a key connection to the I-5 freeway. These streets serve as gateways to Chula Vista, and their usage is expected to increase as Chula Vista redevelops its bayfront area to the west.

The project team is focusing on the Palomar Street grade crossing as the first phase of this design effort. Alternatives being considered include concepts such as elevating the tracks over the roadway, lowering the tracks under the roadway, and lowering the roadway under the tracks. Currently the tracks in this area also are used by freight trains and will include an at-grade bypass track for the freight trains to use.

The proposed grade separation would:
• Improve traffic circulation and reduce delays and congestion
• Increase mobility in the region for all users
• Enhance safety and increase ridership at the Palomar Street Trolley Station

The next steps for the project team are to solicit public input, select an alternative, develop a project study report, and clear the preferred alternative through the environmental process.

Meetings and Presentations

Public Workshop
November 12, 2014

City of Chula Vista’s Public Safety Commission Presentation 
November 5, 2014

Project Manager

John Dorow, P.E., Senior Engineer
Phone: (619) 699-1915, Email:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or