• 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

    State approves $82 million for local rail projects

    Good news for rail riders this week from the San Diego Association of Governments: the California State Transportation Agency has approved $82 million for improvements to the local railroad corridor.

    The state grant provides funding for double-tracking and bridges over the San Diego River to improve speeds along a 15-mile stretch between Santa Fe Depot and Miramar.

    Another project will bring fencing, a pedestrian undercrossing and new platforms to the Poinsettia Station in Carlsbad.

    The grant includes $15 million for rail cars that are faster, more fuel-efficient and more comfortable.

    I enjoy riding the Coaster to work, and in April, I voiced my support for SANDAG's  "All Aboard: Transforming Southern California Rail Travel" grant application with this letter.

    To learn more about the state's Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program 2016 awards, clickhere.