“I am excited that NCTD was awarded this grant and appreciate Congressman Levin’s efforts to support improved rail operations,” said Tony Kranz, NCTD Board Chair and Council Member for the City of Encinitas. “This grant builds on our efforts to increase passenger and freight train frequencies to support mobility, economic, and environmental goals”.
The funding will advance the San Diego Next Generation and Grade Crossing Modernization Project to upgrade signaling and positive train control systems along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor. Current train control and crossing equipment on the San Diego Subdivision pre-date 1991, the year that the railroad was purchased from the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. The current equipment is reaching the end of its useful life. NCTD has developed a phased program of projects that will improve signal reliability, reduce train delays, and enhance safety for passenger and freight services. The $9.8 million of funding from the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair program grant will be matched with $9.8 million in state and local funding for a total project budget of $19.7 million. The project will be ready to bid by mid-2021.