Inland Rail Trail

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The Inland Rail Trail is a proposed 21-mile Class I facility that is located within the communities of Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido, as well as within a portion of the unincorporated County of San Diego.

The eastern most portion of the bikeway already has been constructed by the cities of Escondido and San Marcos and extends from the Escondido Transit and SPRINTER Rail Station in the City of Escondido to the intersection of West Mission Road and North Pacific Street in the City of San Marcos.

The current project, the San Marcos to Vista portion of the Inland Rail Trail, is a 7-mile section of Class I bikeway and multi-use path in San Marcos, Vista, and the County of San Diego. The project extends from the intersection of West Mission Road and North Pacific Street in San Marcos, where the existing trail ends, to the intersection of North Melrose Drive and West Bobier Drive & Oceanside Boulevard, at the Vista Oceanside boundary, and near the North Melrose SPRINTER station. Construction of the San Marcos segment was completed in November, 2016. Construction of the next phase, which includes the County segment and two segments in Vista from the southeasterly city limit to Mar Vista Drive and from North Drive to N. Melrose Drive and Oceanside Boulevard, started in June 2017. SANDAG secured a $5.6 million grant for Phase 3B of the project in September, 2017.

Community Meetings:

Presentations to community groups and organizations are available upon request. To request a presentation, contact Lindsey Bircher at 619. 699.1969 or Lindsey.Bircher@sandag.org.

Current Schedule: The following updated schedule was provided by SANDAG on August 2, 2017.  

Tentative Dates

Location

Description

June 2017

County

Construction Phase 2 – Begin Construction

Late Sept, 2017

Vista / Oceanside

Construction Phase 2 – Begin Construction

Summer, 2018

County

Construction Phase 2 – Substantial Completion

Late 2018

Vista / Oceanside

Construction Phase 2 – Substantial Completion

TBD

Vista

Construction Phase 3 – Advertisement

TBD  Vista  Construction Phase 3 – Complete Construction