Encinitas and the San Diego Association of Governments are moving forward on the Coastal Rail Trail, with the proposed location along Highway 101, reports the Coast News.
Previously the city pursued a design with the trail on the east side of the train tracks, but that plan was scrapped when residents said fences separating the trail from the rail would cut off their access to the beach. (Council members, meanwhile, are discussing what the penalties should be for those kinds of illegal track crossings.)
After the city of Encintas and SANDAG agreed to align the Rail Trail along Highway 101, the two agencies couldn’t agree who would be responsible for lost costs if the California Coastal Commission doesn’t approve the project. The Coastal Commission ultimately must sign off on the Rail Trail, and it’s said that it opposes the alignment on Highway 101.
SANDAG wanted Encinitas to foot the bill, but the new agreement caps Encinitas’ liability at $250,000.