Excerpted from a letter from Dahvia Lynch, NCTD Chief Planning Officer:
It is NCTD's intent to install safety barriers (i.e., fencing and potentially a combination of other barriers) along the full extent of our right of way, including through Encinitas. Our intent is to coordinate with the City and SANDAG to pair this with formalized pedestrian crossings at various locations.
The fencing/ safety barrier effort is irrespective of the Coastal Rail Trail project. NCTD does not currently have a budget or established schedule for the fencing, but aims to move this effort forward along the entire right of way within 5-10 years, prioritizing areas with particular safety challenges such as Encinitas.
NCTD recently submitted a grant application to the state for project planning funds for this effort. The planning stage would include coordination with the municipalities and the public. We will find out in the spring whether that grant has been awarded.
Please note that the plan would incorporate any plans for crossings already underway in the respective jurisdictions. We would work closely with the City of Encinitas and other cities on the plan as it relates to their respective communities.