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Rail line to close Sept. 8-9 for Encinitas ped crossing construction

A portion of the LOSSAN coastal rail line between Oceanside and Downtown San Diego will be shut down as construction crews work to install a new rail bridge for the pedestrian safety undercrossing at Santa Fe Drive in Encinitas. The construction work will have the following service impacts:

• All Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and North County Transit District COASTER trains will be cancelled on Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9.

• The rail closure will begin Friday night, Sept. 7, following the departure of the northbound COASTER train, which is scheduled to leave Santa Fe Depot 50 minutes after the last out of the Padres game. Rail service will be fully restored by 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10.

• For updated COASTER information: (760) 966-6500 or GoNCTD.com.
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• For updated Amtrak schedule information: (800) USA-RAIL or Amtrak.com.

Construction will begin after the last train on Friday, Sept. 7, at midnight, and continue through Monday, Sept. 10, at 5 a.m. Construction crews will work to minimize noise and lighting impacts to residents to the greatest extent possible. Because this is an active rail line with more than 50 trains operating each day, the bridge installation must be done throughout the weekend. Temporary lane closures may occur on the southbound lane of San Elijo Drive/Vulcan Avenue at Santa Fe Drive and the eastern northbound lane of Highway 101. Flaggers will be in place to assist motorists in the construction zone.  

SANDAG is building the first of four pedestrian rail safety crossings in Encinitas in collaboration with the City of Encinitas and North County Transit District (NCTD). The Santa Fe crossing will create a new rail bridge and pedestrian undercrossing beneath the tracks between Highway 101 and Vulcan Avenue, west of Santa Fe Drive. As part of the project, a new crosswalk and traffic signal on Highway 101 will be installed to increase pedestrian safety. With the construction of the crossing, pedestrian access to beaches, schools, commercial areas, and residential neighborhoods across a very active rail line will be dramatically improved.

About LOSSAN Coastal Rail Improvements

As a companion to I-5, the San Diego segment of the LOSSAN corridor plays a critical role in the movement of people and goods within the region’s North Coast Corridor. During the next 20 years, more than $800 million in improvements are planned in the San Diego County section of the LOSSAN rail corridor. These projects include double tracking, bridge and track replacement, new stations, grade separations, and other improvements to shorten trip times and increase passenger rail service in the corridor.

More information about the corridor and the Encinitas Pedestrian Crossing at Santa Fe Drive project is available at:  keepsandiegomoving.com/encinitaspedcrossings.

Project Manager(s)

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.