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LOSSAN panel identifies funding to stabilize railway in San Diego

The LOSSAN Working Group streamlined the permitting process to fast-track stabilization work of the Del Mar Bluffs in San Diego.
Photo – NCTD


The Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) San Diego Regional Rail Corridor Working Group has identified the possible sources of the $98.7 million in estimated funding needed to stabilize the Del Mar Bluffs, which support a 1.7-mile section of vital passenger and freight railway in San Diego. 

Under the funding plan:

  • $36.2 million would be provided by the California Transportation Commission’s Trade Corridor Enhancement Program;
  • $11.5 million would come from the Federal Railroad Administration; 
  • $9.5 million would come from a North County Transit District’s (NCTD) local match; 
  • $4.9 million would be provided by the California State Transportation Agency’s (CalSTA) Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program; and
  • $3.1 million would be funded by the California Natural Resource Agency. 

NCTD and the San Diego Association of Governments would contribute $10 million each, and the remaining $13.5 million would come from grants and project savings, according to CalSTA.

A CalSTA report released yesterday details the LOSSAN group's progress toward efforts to stabilize the bluffs for the next 30 years, including making them more resilient to rising sea levels, CalSTA officials said in a press release.

The group streamlined the permitting process to fast-track the stabilization work and laid the foundation to examine a long-term solution away from the bluffs, which are eroding at an average of 6 inches a year. The center of the track in this section of railway is within 15 feet of the cliffside at the nearest point.

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink and Coaster commuter-rail services run along the 351-mile LOSSAN Corridor, as does freight rail serving the Port of San Diego. 

“Any disruption to rail service along the Del Mar Bluffs has devastating impacts to the entire Southern California economy, and the group’s efforts will help ensure passengers and essential goods will continue to travel along this beautiful section of coastline,” said CalSTA Secretary David Kim.


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