Bury train tracks where they are

Bury train tracks where they are

As Del Mar considers the future of its rail corridor, I suggest that, rather than digging expensive new tunnels under or around Del Mar, we simply bury the tracks where they are.

Take a walk with me to the foot of Fourth Street (Del Mar Heights Road) and then north along the bluff above the train tracks. You will see that, on most of the passage through Del Mar, the tracks and the trains run well below the level of the bluff top where we are walking.

So why not just cover the tracks where they are? Build a concrete wall to the west of the tracks and a concrete roof above the tracks. Cover the new roof with dirt, grass and landscaping, thus substantially widening the...