06.04.2024 | News Release

SANDAG Seeks Public Input on Potential Routes for LOSSAN Train Track Relocation 

Public Invited to Provide Feedback through July


SANDAG is starting the next phase of the San Diego LOSSAN Rail Realignment project to move the tracks away from the coastal bluffs due to erosion and climate change. SANDAG has released the Notice of Preparation for the Draft Environmental Impact Report, marking the start of a 45-day comment period consistent with state regulations. The public can provide feedback on the potential new routes and environmental concerns from Tuesday, June 4, through Friday, July 19.

Based on previous public feedback and studies, SANDAG is proposing three alternative routes for further study. The three potential routes best meet the goals of the project and are technically feasible. Two of the alternatives were derived from previous conceptual studies and one come from the public. All the alternatives include moving the existing single-track route away from the bluffs into a double-track alignment in a tunnel under the hillside. Over the next year, several technical studies will be conducted to evaluate the potential environmental effects, mitigation measures, and tradeoffs between each alternative.

In addition, SANDAG will host a public meeting for the community to provide comments on the environmental process, engage with the project team, and ask questions. During the meeting staff will provide a brief presentation about the project and the new potential routes.

LOSSAN Rail Realignment Public Meeting
Tuesday, June 18
6-7:30 p.m.
San Diego Marriott Del Mar
11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

The LOSSAN Rail Realignment project will improve rail service by moving approximately 1.7 miles of existing train tracks away from the eroding coastline of the San Diego region. The LOSSAN Corridor is a vital rail link for nearly 3.74 million annual passengers and commuters traveling to work. It provides access to employment and military bases and enables the movement of more than $1 billion in goods for imports and exports across the nation. For more than 20 years, SANDAG has led efforts to preserve the cliffs, addressing repeated disruptions in rail service caused by landslides, erosion, and seismic activity.

The project will help meet the goals of the Regional Plan and California State Rail Plan to improve travel times, efficiency, and increase service. It will also improve access to the coast and safety by eliminating railroad crossings where pedestrians and trains intersect.

To learn more and provide comments, visit SANDAG.org/railrealignment.