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SANDAG, NCTD, and City of Del Mar Urge Public Not to Sit, Stand, or Walk Along Del Mar Bluffs and Beach Below

March 5, 2021 -- Public is Reminded to Avoid Walking Along Rail Tracks on the Del Mar Bluffs and Maintain 50-foot Distance from Recent Collapse Along the Beach

SANDAG, the North County Transit District (NCTD), and the City of Del Mar are urging the public to exercise the utmost caution when walking along the beach in Del Mar and north Torrey Pines State Beach and to avoid walking along the railroad tracks at the top of the bluffs.

On Sunday, February 28, the Del Mar Bluffs suffered a failure just south of 4th Street in the City of Del Mar and geotechnical experts have determined that train service can be operated safely at a reduced speed. However, another bluff failure is possible due to cracks observed at the top of the bluffs and pose a significant risk to beachgoers. As such, the public is urged not to sit, stand, or walk within 50 feet of the Del Mar Bluffs or the beach below. Being caught in a bluff collapse can cause serious injury or death.

Law enforcement will be present along the top of the bluffs near 4th Street to educate the public about the inherent risks of walking along the railroad tracks and bluffs. Signage is posted to remind the public as well.

SANDAG, NCTD, and its partner agencies are working to determine what interim repairs are needed and expect to begin work in the coming weeks.

About the City of Del Mar
Incorporated in 1959, the City of Del Mar is a quaint seaside village located just 20 miles north of San Diego.  With a population of approximately 4,200 people, and covering just 2.2 square miles, Del Mar is known for its vibrant small-town atmosphere. Del Mar attracts residents, and upwards of 2 million visitors annually from all over the world, who come to enjoy the beautiful dog-friendly beaches, hiking trails, scenic views, and the many shops and dining opportunities located within the Del Mar village.

The community is primarily comprised of single-family residential neighborhoods, with retail uses and restaurants in the downtown, a small commercial area, and several hotels. The City employs approximately 60 full-time employees, and 70 part-time, seasonal employees, which operate out of the City’s Civic Center, Lifeguard Headquarters, Del Mar Fire Station, and Public Works yard and administration building.  The City provides law enforcement services through a contract with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and fire administration is provided through a mutual agreement between the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, and Solana Beach.

About NCTD
The North County Transit District is a public transportation agency providing over 10 million passenger trips in Fiscal Year 2019 throughout North San Diego County and into downtown San Diego. NCTD is designated as a rail common carrier by the Surface Transportation Board based on the movement of interstate commerce on the tracks and the Railroad of Record by the Federal Railroad Administration responsible for safety over the entire San Diego portion of the LOSSAN corridor. NCTD’s system includes BREEZE buses (with FLEX service), COASTER commuter trains, SPRINTER hybrid rail trains, and LIFT paratransit service. NCTD’s mission is to deliver safe, convenient, reliable, and user-friendly public transportation services. For more information visit:

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