A Coaster train heading north on the Del Mar bluffs. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, announced Monday more than $34 million in federal funding for 15 projects across California in the Senate’s Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bill, including a large local project.

The largest among the projects is $10 million for the COASTER Commuter Rail Corridor Stabilization Project, intended to help protect the San Diego portion of the COASTER commuter rail line from erosion of the Del Mar Bluffs.

Along a 1.6-mile stretch of the Del Mar Bluffs, the rail line is within feet of the coastline, nested on delicate cliffs that experience annual and episodic erosion.

The bill was released by the Senate Appropriations Committee Monday and will be reconciled with its House counterpart before final passage.

“I am proud to support funding for key California transportation projects and for community organizations helping our state address homelessness,” Padilla said. “Modernizing our transportation infrastructure will strengthen our economy, improve our environment, and provide more transit options for Californians.”

City News Service contributed to this article.

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