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

Rep. Mike Levin announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the San Diego Association of Governments and the North County Transit District a grant of $11.6 million to stabilize eroding coastal bluffs in Del Mar that jeopardize rail service through the region.

The funding announcement follows a letter Rep. Levin led with the San Diego Congressional Delegation to Transportatioin Secretary Elaine Chao in December urging the department to award funding for the Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization project.

“The rail service through Del Mar supports countless jobs and economic activity throughout the region, so it’s critically important that we stabilize the coastal bluffs under these tracks,” Levin said, adding that the funding will “help secure these tracks for years to come.”

“The San Diego region is truly appreciative of the support of champions like Congressman Levin and the Department of Transportation. This critical corridor serves commuters, our military, and the economy— moving $1 billion of goods each year,” said SANDAG Chair and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus.

The Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization project includes the design, environmental and construction components. The federal funding will help install subsurface drainage, as well as concrete channels, storm drains, and support piles.

Earlier this year, Levin announced federal funding for the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project and the San Clemente Shoreline Project, which will also help stabilize coastal bluffs in the region.