SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS AND CITY OF CARLSBAD
ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY


RSG estimated relative economic impacts for three alternatives involving the addition of a second railroad track through part of the City of Carlsbad. The three alternatives included leaving the railroad at street level (“At-grade”), trenching it below grade between Carlsbad Boulevard and Tamarack Avenue (“Short Trench”), and trenching it below grade between Carlsbad Boulevard and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon railroad bridge (“Long Trench”). RSG analyzed both fiscal and economic impacts, including:

  • The value of lives saved and injuries avoided
  • The value of time saved by motorists
  • Property values
  • Property taxes
  • Retail and restaurant sales
  • Sales taxes
  • Construction impacts
  • Transient occupancy taxes
  • Vacancy and lease rates
  • Job creation
  • Emergency response delays
  • Displacement

Coordinating work with two other consultant teams and two clients, RSG incorporated a traffic impact analysis prepared by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. and a noise and vibration impact analysis prepared by dBF Associates. The study’s findings were featured on the City of Carlsbad’s website.