On Wednesday, October 9, 2013 the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the North County Transit District (NCTD) will hold an informational public meeting addressing the North Oceanside Double Track Project. The meeting will take place at Oceanside High School from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. According to the web site:
The project will eventually replace the aging single-track rail bridge over the San Luis Rey River with a modern, concrete double-track bridge and add a one-mile stretch of second main track that will join two existing double-track segments together. When complete, the project will create 10.3 miles of continuous double track along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Corridor.
The project is part of a larger effort to improve Amtrak and COASTER passenger services by adding a second track to the 60-mile segment of the LOSSAN (Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo) rail corridor in San Diego County.
SANDAG also is collaborating with the City of Oceanside to:
- Improve the bike and pedestrian undercrossing on the south side of the San Luis Rey River rail bridge
- Redesign the car and pedestrian undercrossing adjacent to the Oceanside Harbor
- Construct street median improvements at Surfrider Way to support a future Quiet Zone in Oceanside that would limit train horn noise
This is just one of many projects involving to the train system through Oceanside and the LOSSAN corridor. Back in June the two organizations hosted a public meeting to discuss (in our opinion) long overdue updates to the Oceanside Transit Center. While most improvements are specific to increasing the number of trains able to board and pass through at any one time, a few updates to the station and it’s amenities were also discussed.
We’re always hopeful that there will be more options available for public transit, especially commuter-style trains, but we’re also skeptics of the dent this will make in the jammed I-5 traffic (especially in the summer) What’s the solution? All I can say is…HYPERLOOP!
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