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Construction To Stabilize Tracks On Del Mar Bluffs To Continue In 2020

Pedestrians cross the train tracks in Del Mar to get to the beach, Dec. 11, 2...

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Above: Pedestrians cross the train tracks in Del Mar to get to the beach, Dec. 11, 2017.

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The North County Transit District plans to begin construction in January on phase four of a multi-year project to stabilize the bluffs next to the railway line through Del Mar.

Aired: December 30, 2019 | Transcript

The crumbling bluffs in Del Mar are threatening the coastal railway line that carries about 50 trains a day, keeping thousands of passengers and millions of tons of freight off Interstate 5.

The North County Transit District, which operates the line, was forced to close it earlier this month after yet another bluff collapse brought the train tracks to within feet of the cliffs above the beach.

After emergency repairs, the train service has resumed. But more closures are on the way as the agency plans to begin construction in January on the fourth phase of a multi-year project to stabilize the bluffs.

Meanwhile, NCTD is planning to increase the number of trains on the coastal rail line from 50 to 79 in 2020.

RELATED: Plan To Stabilize Del Mar Coastal Bluffs Moves Forward

Stephen Fordham, director of railroad engineering at NCTD, joined Midday Edition on Monday to discuss the short and long-term plans for the scenic line.

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