Funding Identified for Del Mar Bluffs Project

Funding has been identified for a project to stabilize the Del Mar Bluffs in California on the route of Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliners.

The Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo San Diego Regional Rail Corridor Working Group said this week it has found possible sources of the $98.7 million needed to pay for the project along a 1.7-mile section of track alongside the Pacific Ocean.

The funding would include $36.2 million from the California Transportation Commission’s Trade Corridor Enhancement Program; $11.5 million from the Federal Railroad Administration; $9.5 million would come from the North County Transit District; $4.9 million from the California State Transportation Agency’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program; and $3.1 million from the California Natural Resource Agency. 

The San Diego Association of Governments would contribute $10 million and another $13.5 million would come from grants and project savings

A California State Transportation Agency report said LOSSAN has been seeking to stabilize the bluffs for the next 30 years by making them more resilient to rising sea levels.

The bluffs 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.

Also using the route are Metrolink and Coaster commuter trains as well as freight trains serving the Port of San Diego. 

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