Pacific Surfliner Trains to Reopen in Orange County, San Diego

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The Metrolink and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner volition reopen rider question to San Diego for weekends, starting Feb. 4. The railways person been closed since precocious September aft dense rainfall made conditions unsafe for rider travel, according to Orange County proscription officials.

Metrolink work lines betwixt Oceanside and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, and the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner bid that runs betwixt Irvine and San Diego person been suspended since Sept. 30. The impacted obstruction corridor sees much than 150 passengers and 70 freight trains daily, according to officials.

The Orange County Transportation Authority announced connected Jan. 23 that exigency operation efforts person stabilized the tracks successful southbound San Clemente, aft dense rains caused tracks to determination arsenic overmuch arsenic 28 inches betwixt September 2021 and 2022.

Over 100 crushed anchors, successful lengths of much than 130 feet, person been installed into the bedrock on the railway successful San Clemente and stopped the question according to the officials.

Transportation Authority subordinate and Orange County Board of Supervisor Katrina Foley said successful a connection much needs to beryllium done to forestall aboriginal occurrences.

“Now that the railroad tracks are deemed harmless for rider service, it is clip we earnestly see investing successful science-based solutions to forestall these issues from inevitably happening again,” Foley stated.

She said semipermanent solutions request to beryllium discussed, with the caller enactment to the tracks lone temporarily sustainable.

“Past railroad stabilization efforts person proven gathering crushed anchors and depending connected sandbags and rip rap are astatine champion impermanent fixes. Long-term solutions necessitate enactment to instrumentality them,” she said.

Foley said arsenic a region supervisor and subordinate of the proscription authority, she volition look for answers by moving with manufacture experts and authorities officials.

Construction of the tracks volition proceed during weekdays and is expected to beryllium finished by March, erstwhile weekday services volition beryllium restored, according to officials.

Metrolink and Amtrak passengers are asked to check pacificsurfliner.com/alerts and metrolinktrains.com for updates.