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The North County Transit District (NCTD) yesterday released a study outlining its plan to expand passenger- and freight-rail services along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor in California.
The "San Diego Pathing Study" final report consolidates passenger- and freight-rail service needs into one operating plan. It helps identify and prioritize specific infrastructure improvements that would increase service capacity in the near-, mid- and long-term future, NCTD officials said in a press release.
The study supports:
NCTD and its rail partners will work with the San Diego Association of Governments, LOSSAN Corridor Agency, California State Transportation Agency and other key stakeholders to identify $380 million to implement mid-term improvements, and an additional $700 million to implement long-term improvements.
LOSSAN is second busiest rail corridor in the nation. In a typical year, the LOSSAN rail corridor moves $1 billion of freight and over 8 million rail passengers. Amtrak, Metrolink, NCTD, Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway Co. operate in the corridor, which experiences traffic congestion due to a single-track infrastructure and other deficiencies, NCTD officials said.