Study Eyes Capacity Expansion in California

A study has been released by California’s North County Transit District that sets forth a vision for expansion of passenger and freight rail services along the 351-mile corridor linking San Diego with San Luis Obispo via Los Angles.

Known as the LOSSAN rail corridor, it hosts about $1 billion in freight traffic and more than 8 million Amtrak and commuter rail trains.

The report provides a plan to support “efforts to holistically consolidate freight and passenger rail service needs into one executable operating plan, which also aligns with the goals of the 2018 California State Rail Plan,”

NCTD said it has identified infrastructure improvements needed to increase the corridor’s capacity, including eliminating some single track stretches.

Among the plans are expanding Coaster service to the Downtown San Diego Convention Center; extending service to a new Amtrak maintenance facility in National City; increasing freight services  to five roundtrips per day; and minimizing rail crossing delays by extending signaling and positive train control to improve rail speed and coordination with rail crossing gates. 

NCTD said it will work with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), LOSSAN Corridor AgencyCalifornia State Transportation Agency and other key stakeholders “to identify approximately $380 million to implement the prioritized mid-term improvements, and an additional $700 million to implement all phases of investment over the long-term planning horizon while advancing state and national economic, transportation, and environmental goals.” 

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