Fence Plan Draws Opposition in California

A plan to install a fence along a route used by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner trains drew sharp opposition this week during a public meeting.

Opponents spoke out during a Del Mar, California, city council meeting.

The North County Transit District wants to erect a 1.4-mile long, 6-foot-high fence to prevent trespassing along the Del Mar bluffs.

The agency said 12 people have been hit by trains in the past five years. Much of the trespassing has been done by people seeking a direct route to Pacific Ocean beaches.

Although the council took no action regarding the fence during the meeting, it did approve a $283,000 study of how to create additional pedestrian crossings of the tracks to the beaches..

The transit district has asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board for a ruling that would allow it to perform work along the bluffs.

However, action by the STB is in limbo as the city, transit district and California Coastal Commission discuss ways to revolve the trespassing problems.

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