The first thing most people say when they read the headline or hear those words is, “It would be too expensive.”Sadly, Fiske was proven right just a day later. NBC:
Of course trenching the tracks would be expensive, but if we don’t trench we’ll still have the problems, and they’ll get much bigger when the tracks are doubled. Here are the problems:
Crossing Hazards. When people cross the tracks at the grade crossings from Chesterfield Avenue to Leucadia Boulevard or at grade between them, getting from one side to the other can be dangerous. Even being near the tracks is a hazard.
Google search for news articles about train collisions in Encinitas in only 13 of the years since 1990 reveals eight calamities, resulting in 10 deaths and eight injuries. Periodic collisions causing deaths and injuries have occurred since the tracks were laid in the 1880s.
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a northbound Amtrak train Saturday morning in Encinitas, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. The fatal collision happened just before 7 a.m. on the train tracks in the 1200 block of North Coast Highway 101. Deputies say Amtrak train #763 struck a man on the tracks, and the man died at the scene.1200 North Coast Highway is near the Leucadia Post Office. UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Jon Curtis Lynch, a suicide.