Press Release

Sen. Blakespear Applauds Funding for LOSSAN, Calls for More Efforts to Safeguard Rail Line

State funding to stabilize the line through Del Mar is an important step, but long-term planning and support is needed for a resilient rail line

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Catherine Blakespear, D-Encinitas, issued the following statement today regarding the California Transportation Commission’s (CTC) award of $37 million to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) for the next stage of work to stabilize the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor through Del Mar:

“I am delighted this state funding will allow SANDAG to move forward with this much-needed work to make the tracks more secure. Recently we’ve seen just how vulnerable this vital rail line is to effects of sea level rise and bluff instability. There is real urgency needed in Del Mar to counter the dangerous erosion of the cliffs beneath the railroad tracks.”

“As the Chair of the Senate Transportation Subcommittee on LOSSAN Rail Corridor Resiliency, I look forward to delving deeper into the needs of the entire 350-mile LOSSAN line and determining how the state can best support it. We need to ensure that the second-busiest intercity passenger rail corridor in the nation remains safe, secure, resilient and economically beneficial for decades to come.”