We received a final report from the Coastal Mobility and Livability Working Group (CMLWG) on the Rail Corridor Vision Plan as well as the Active Transportation Plan in the Rail Corridor. We very much appreciated the work of the group and feedback on the vision.
Using the idea that initially every 1/2 mile and the every 1/4 mile the rail corridor needs a crossing, they identified crossing locations. This is a great start, and we asked the CMLWG to continue to refine their prioritization and give recommendations on trade offs between underpasses (more expensive, takes longer, requires external grand funding) and at-grade crossings (less expensive, quicker, requires a waiver from the Federal Railroad Administration for a quiet zone).
In addition we received the report on the rail corrdior bike and pedestrian paths. The CMLWG would prefer paths on both sides, but more work needs to be completed to understand if this is feasible. We previously asked the CMLWG to come up with design guidelines and we renewed this request. Interestingly the most difficult spot in terms of engineering is at Vulcan Ave and Encinitas Blvd. The picture in the banner shows the working group recommendation of a bike bridge that may be a good project for grant funding.