Coastal Mobility and Livability Study


Project/Study Overview

The Coastal Mobility and Livability Study (CMLS) links together three separate mobility studies (Rail Corridor Vision Study, Coastal Business Districts Parking Study, and Active Transportation Plan). This Study will provide the long-term vision for potential projects within and adjacent to the rail corridor.

  • The outcome from the Rail Corridor Vision Study (RCVS) will be a long-term, comprehensive vision for the rail corridor based on input from both multijurisdictional agencies and members of the public to address connectivity and quality of life needs along the rail corridor in consideration of numerous ongoing projects in this area. Early action projects may be identified, such as a quiet zone.
  • The Coastal Business Districts Parking Study will collect parking-related data. Based on the data collected, recommendations for future policies addressing parking and mobility needs in the coastal business districts will be identified for potential future implementation.
  • The Active Transportation Plan (ATP) will identify focused amendments to the City’s existing plans for pedestrian and bicycle travel and prioritize those, which will include areas citywide.

The City prepared a handout to help explain the three mobility studies, how they have been coordinated into the CMLS, and how they will relate to a future effort to update the City's Circulation Element portion of the General Plan.

What's Next (Upcoming Events)

Why is the City conducting the CMLS

A comprehensive plan is needed to determine the location of the various improvements proposed for the rail corridor including, Coastal Rail Trail, Leucadia Streetscape, Drainage Improvements, Pedestrian Rail Crossings, crossing improvements and a quiet zone. More efficient ways to meet parking demand and mobility needs are necessary, particularly as the coastal business districts draw more users. More investment is needed to improve pedestrian and bicycle travel in Encinitas.  The City has entered into contracts with three different firms to perform the studies.  City staff worked with each to coordinate the overall effort.

Through this multi-project approach, the public will be invited to participate in workshops, community events, and public outreach meetings to assist in developing the CMLS.

What is Needed from the Public

Because residents, businesses, and other community members have an important role in the CMLS, a Public Participation Plan was created to organize for how and when public input would be obtained and how it would be used.  Also, a graphic schedule has been created to show how the three mobility studies will work together and engage and inform residents, businesses, and community members about the work program.  Some project components, such as the Montgomery Avenue rail crossing, is also likely to generate related public engagement opportunities.

The following links will be useful to learn more information about the CMLS and/or to follow the study's development.

Where We Have Been

October 28, 2015: Award of contract and to enter into an agreement with HDR Engineering for the pedestrian crossing at Montgomery Avenue.  Agenda Report and Minutes.

December 16, 2015: Award of contract and to enter into an agreement with Chen and Ryan for the Parking Study.  Agenda Report and Minutes.

March 30, 2016: Council decision to discontinue the Coastal Rail Trail on the east side of the tracks and move forward with a Coast Hwy 101 alignment.  Council also directed staff to continue design efforts of Montgomery Avenue crossing. Agenda Report and Minutes.

May 18, 2016: Award of contract and to enter into an agreement with WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff for the RCVS. Agenda Report and Minutes.

July 13, 2016: City Council approves of the overall CMLS approach to multi-project coordination and endorses a Public Participation Plan.  Council establishes a working group at this meeting to work on the CMLS. Agenda Report for the working group, and Agenda Report for the Parking Study final scope of work and Minutes.

July 28, 2016: Coastal Mobility and Livability Working Group (CMLWG) meeting No. 1.  The group conducted its first meeting and reviewed the group's charge, roles, and responsibilities.  Public outreach was discussed and the group provided some feedback on how to make outreach stronger and more effective.  The group also received an introduction to the wayside horn demonstration project.    

September 7, 2016: CMLWG meeting No. 2 to discuss the Wayside Horn Test Demonstration, parking survey approach, and introduction to Coastal Rail Trail.

September 22, 2016: Wayside Horn Test Demonstration.  A related feasibility study is underway, called Montgomery At-Grade rail crossing project, located in the Cardiff area, near the Cardiff Elementary School. If approved, this crossing could provide a legal and safe crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists. Because there is considerable interest in reducing train noise along the corridor, a noise test demonstration was conducted on September 22nd to give the public an opportunity to experience a Wayside Horn, as well as the different audible warning alternatives. Other crossing locations and options may be considered during the study process, which is intended to culminate in a comprehensive mobility and livability vision for the corridor. 

October 2016 - Community workshops (English flyerSpanish flyer) for the Rail Corridor Vision Study, Active Transportation Plan, and Parking Study were conducted on October 5th, 6th, 8th, 15th, and 17th, 2016. The community workshops served to communicate all projects planned for the rail corridor and provide opportunities for public input in shaping their implementation.  Join the conversation NOW

October 2016Community Pop-up workshops were conducted throughout the City. The group gathered valuable community input on improvements to make it safer and easier for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and others to get around the City of Encinitas. 

October 2016 - Parking Surveys mailed.

November 2016 - Online surveys for the Rail Corridor Vision Survey and Active Transportation Plan have been conducted.

January 25, 2017 - City Council Meeting. Presentation and discussion on the progress of the Coastal Mobility & Livability Study (CMLS) and public outreach effort.  Agenda Report

Time Line

Work on these studies was initiated in January 2016 and was preceded by preparatory work to enable launching the studies. Most of the public work will occur from July 2016 through the project finish mid to late 2017. Afterward, work necessary to incorporate the planning and implementation work resulting from these studies will need to be prioritized and funded prior to commencing.