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Tracks? Think Train
Nancy Fisher | 24th Street

 

Railroad tracks at 8th Street. Photo Bill Morris.
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Del Mar residents who cross the railroads tracks anywhere other than at the legal crossing on Coast Boulevard can expect to be warned that such trespassing will eventually earn them a citation with a fine and a mandatory court appearance.

For now the North County Transit District (NCTD), working with the Sheriff’s Department, plans to continue their public education and awareness campaign through the end of calendar year 2014, a change from their original plan to begin enforcement in April of this year. Jaime Becerra, NCTD’s Chief of Transit Enforcement, told the Sandpiper that “our hope is to modify the behavior of people who take unnecessary risks in trespassing in a very active railroad right-of-way and to prevent the senseless loss of life.” NCTD, he said, plans to partner with Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit organization providing public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks. Their motto: “See Tracks, Think Train.”

Although NCTD plans to add another legal crossing in Del Mar, a pedestrian underpass that will be part of the San Dieguito River Bridge Replacement, Double Tracking, and Special Events Platform, many residents fear that illegal crossings will be difficult to enforce on the south end of the city, where surfers and others would have to walk roughly a mile to reach a legal crossing. Others, who live east of the tracks, would like to continue using the same routes to the beach that they’ve used for years.

The City has begun meeting with NCTD to discuss the nature of the problem and possible solutions.

 

 

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