Project Overview 

This project will construct a rail undercrossing near El Portal Street in Leucadia.  The undercrossing will provide a safe bicycle and pedestrian route between North Vulcan Avenue and North Coast Highway 101.

grade separated undercrossing with defined pathways and decorative fencing


This crossing will allow pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the rail corridor to access attractions such as Paul Ecke Central Elementary School and the businesses along North Coast Highway 101.   


The project’s planning, design, and construction budget is approximately $10.185 million.


The project is in the final engineering phase, and project construction is anticipated to begin in 2020. The City is coordinating with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to facilitate construction management of the project.Next steps include final California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) action on the project and required approvals and authorizations from the California Transportation Commission (CTC) and Caltrans. Project milestones are as follows:

  • California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) application made: December 2018
  • CPUC Pre-Hearing Conference held: April 2019
  • CPUC Final Decision: October 2019
  • Final Design Submittal: February 2020
  • Request Federal Construction Funding: April 2020
  • Begin Construction: June 2020
  • End Construction: September, 2021

*All dates are approximate and subject to change. Last Updated May, 2019.

Contact Us

For questions or concerns about the project, please contact the Project Manager:
Christy Villa, Project Manager, [email protected]

Project Background and Information 

October 10, 2019
CPUC Approval 

April 11, 2019
CPUC Pre-Hearing
A.18-12-011 (PHC) - Application of the City of Encinitas for authority to constrict a Pedestrian Underpass Crossing (Proposed C.P.U.C. Crossing No.106.237.10-BD) (Proposed DOT No.973261L) in the City of Encinitas, County of San Diego, California.

December 2018
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) application submittal

June 20, 2017  
The first meeting for this project was held Tuesday, June 20th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm at Encinitas City Hall
Meeting Notice     Presentation     Santa Fe Pedestrian Crossing     El Portal Exhibits:   Existing   Proposed

September 26, 2017
The second meeting for the project was held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School.     Meeting Notice