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Cardiff train track safety barriers replaced

Yet, town council members would have preferred something less industrial

“They look better than what was there before, but..."
“They look better than what was there before, but..."

Cardiff by the Sea’s “unwelcomed wall of ugly” has almost come down. Earlier in February, the North County Transit District suddenly placed 54 orange construction barricades along San Elijo Avenue, overlooking Coast Highway 101 and Swami’s Beach.

The unannounced project, and its unsightliness, brought on complaints from local leaders and community groups. The transit district placed the barricades purportedly for rail safety — to keep cars from driving over the bluff onto the tracks. They also placed barricades along Leucadia’s Vulcan Avenue.

Encinitas vice-mayor Catherine Blakespear said, “It made the beautiful coastal corridor local like an industrial area.” City councilman Tony Kranz concurred with his colleague, saying the concern was not only the inappropriateness of the barricades but the lack of planning or notice to the city and area residents.

Blakespear said the district is probably now aware of the need to be more thoughtful in its planning along the scenic corridor and to better address community concerns.

Now, ground-level cement railroad ties, placed end-to-end, run along the one-mile stretch of the 1300 to 1500 block of San Elijo Avenue, clearly defining the parking areas without blocking the ocean views.

Barbara Cobb, president of the Cardiff by the Sea Town Council, a community advocacy group, said of the new installation, “They look better than what was there before, but they look used, like something that was left over from some other project.”

According to North County Transit District project coordinator Dahvia Lynch, the ties were unused surplus from other rail projects. It’s the rusty metal patina of the ties, normally covered up by train rails, that make them look old.

Lynch said the replacements are a permanent solution to the district’s concerns. “Not so permanent,” said Blakespear, noting the city will soon begin planning its Rail Trail project, a bike and pedestrian path parallel to the tracks on San Elijo Avenue. Blakespear said the city will probably look at something a little less industrial looking.

The state coastal commission’s Eric Stevens, planner for the Cardiff area, said he advised the city of what might be appropriate barricades to replace the temporary orange ones, but it was up to the city to permit the transit district’s choice, under their own local coastal plan.

A construction worker on site said the Leucadia portion of the project would likely be finished next week.

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Cardiff by the Sea’s “unwelcomed wall of ugly” has almost come down. Earlier in February, the North County Transit District suddenly placed 54 orange construction barricades along San Elijo Avenue, overlooking Coast Highway 101 and Swami’s Beach.

The unannounced project, and its unsightliness, brought on complaints from local leaders and community groups. The transit district placed the barricades purportedly for rail safety — to keep cars from driving over the bluff onto the tracks. They also placed barricades along Leucadia’s Vulcan Avenue.

Encinitas vice-mayor Catherine Blakespear said, “It made the beautiful coastal corridor local like an industrial area.” City councilman Tony Kranz concurred with his colleague, saying the concern was not only the inappropriateness of the barricades but the lack of planning or notice to the city and area residents.

Blakespear said the district is probably now aware of the need to be more thoughtful in its planning along the scenic corridor and to better address community concerns.

Now, ground-level cement railroad ties, placed end-to-end, run along the one-mile stretch of the 1300 to 1500 block of San Elijo Avenue, clearly defining the parking areas without blocking the ocean views.

Barbara Cobb, president of the Cardiff by the Sea Town Council, a community advocacy group, said of the new installation, “They look better than what was there before, but they look used, like something that was left over from some other project.”

According to North County Transit District project coordinator Dahvia Lynch, the ties were unused surplus from other rail projects. It’s the rusty metal patina of the ties, normally covered up by train rails, that make them look old.

Lynch said the replacements are a permanent solution to the district’s concerns. “Not so permanent,” said Blakespear, noting the city will soon begin planning its Rail Trail project, a bike and pedestrian path parallel to the tracks on San Elijo Avenue. Blakespear said the city will probably look at something a little less industrial looking.

The state coastal commission’s Eric Stevens, planner for the Cardiff area, said he advised the city of what might be appropriate barricades to replace the temporary orange ones, but it was up to the city to permit the transit district’s choice, under their own local coastal plan.

A construction worker on site said the Leucadia portion of the project would likely be finished next week.

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Stupid drivers will find a way to get on the railroad tracks. Just watch.

Nov. 1, 2015

Has there been an actual problem with cars getting on the tracks? Is there any documentation on this?

Nov. 1, 2015

No, none what so ever, just "what if" scenario.

Nov. 1, 2015

I would be very skeptical of the idea that NCTD "is probably now aware of the need to be more thoughtful in its planning along the scenic corridor and to better address community concerns." This comes across as a situation where NCTD didn't give a hoot what the locals thought, and since this the second attempt which was unsatisfactory, means they haven't learned a thing.

As far as cars on the right of way, I don't recall any instances of that. When there are cars hit by trains on the corridor, it involves crossings. A far larger issue is that of pedestrians on the right of way, and NCTD (and very few railroads anywhere in the US) has done nothing about that, save for warning signs and the threat of citation or arrest. But that doesn't keep the surf rats off the tracks anywhere near the beach, and neighbors disregard the No Trespassing signs with impunity.

Nov. 1, 2015

There is a LEGIT call to an f.d. within another North County (san diego) city, that these railroad tracks go through: in which a car got 'tangled' into the railroad tracks. Hence the driving side or inner side (of the vehicle's) 2 wheels got tangled into the tracks, as the car drove over that tracks. In its attempt to completely cross/drive over the railroad tracks; but was unsuccessful to it. As the driver tried to self-cure the issue by un-tangling from the railroad tracks, but was un-successful at it. In which (someone's call to) the fire department was the AID to this. This was the help of a civilian; Way Before The Time Of The NCTD COASTER came into existence; add before the tech time of cell-phones.

Aug. 19, 2020

Speaking about 'getting hit' : There is LEGAL DOCUMENTATION of a bus-riding passenger who has 'gotten hit' by an assailing passenger in an NCTD bus, as the NCTD bus driver chose not to do anything about that. NCTD Admin had no concern over such an issue; would not admit to it. This is decades before cameras came into existence -- of monitoring inside the buses, at traffic lights, etc.

Aug. 19, 2020

this is sample a human use muscle not his brain :)

Aug. 21, 2020

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