Don’t believe everything you read in the paper. San Diego is an example of the success that comes from keeping the rail, not removing it!
San Diego does indeed have a vibrant waterfront with a convention centre, marina park, and luxury hotel, but did you know it has a rail corridor along its waterfront (much like here in Newcastle)?
San Deigo’s city and harbour are connected by at-grade level crossings across three sets of railway tracks. These crossings provide easy pedestrian access. Take a look for yourself on YouTube: