Del Mar, SCRRA receive federal funding to help battle erosion, rehab rail bridges

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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City of Del Mar in southern California has received federal funds for erosion control along vital tracks.

Twelve projects that will repair and rehabilitate passenger rail infrastructure across the U.S. have been awarded more than $302 million in grants by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) through the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program. Funding was awarded to projects in two southern California counties.

The first project will upgrade a section of track located on sensitive coastal bluffs in the city of Del Mar. This integral part of the 351-mile Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor is a vital link for passenger and freight movements within San Diego County, as well as between San Diego, Los Angeles, and points farther north. The improvement project will protect against erosion that has disrupted rail service in the corridor multiple times in recent years. The work includes installing new subsurface drainage, concrete ditches, storm drains and new support piles for seismic stability and slope stabilization. The project provides safety and reliability benefits to all railroads operating over the corridor, including Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service, North County Transit District’s Coaster service and freight carriers.

Up to $6.75 million has been awarded to Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) to rehabilitate and perform scour mitigation on four existing bridges on the SCRRA-controlled Ventura Subdivision, used by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink’s Ventura County Line. Originally built in the 1940s and 1950s, the bridges carry 30 daily trains and approximately 1.1 million annual passengers. The project includes removing existing bridge collars and footings and installing encasement to mitigate bridge pier scour issues. This rehabilitation and scour mitigation project provides safety, resiliency, reliability and trip time benefits for rail passengers and freight services over the corridor.

“This $302.6 million federal investment will upgrade rail infrastructure and enhance safety on the tracks and at railroad crossings in rural and urban communities across America,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

The State of Good Repair Partnership Program funds capital projects to repair, replace or rehabilitate publicly, or Amtrak-owned or controlled railroad assets, to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance. Eligible projects include upgrading infrastructure such as track, switches, bridges, passenger stations, highway-rail grade crossings, and equipment, including passenger cars.

“This funding will go a long way in addressing passenger rail capital project needs in communities around the country,” said FRA Administrator Ronald Batory.”

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