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Metrolink to Resume Passenger Rail Service to Southern Orange County and Oceanside
LOS ANGELES – Metrolink will resume passenger rail service on Monday, Oct. 4, to the Oceanside, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano stations along the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines.
Metrolink suspended service south of the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station on Thursday, Sept. 16 after it was determined that a landslide caused the tracks south of the San Clemente Pier to become misaligned. The regional rail agency immediately began efforts to stabilize the toe of the slope by placing boulders – known as rip-rap – adjacent to the track. Approximately 12,000 tons of rip-rap boulders will be in place and the tracks will be realigned so that service can resume on Monday.
As a precautionary measure to ensure the ongoing safety of the track, train speed restrictions will be in place along the project area beginning Monday morning. Those speed restrictions may initially result in service delays.
Metrolink is Southern California's regional passenger rail service providing reliable, safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation that connects people, communities and businesses of Southern California to greater opportunity. The Agency’s 538 miles of track and 62 stations across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties serve as an essential link in the region’s mobility network, enabling people to connect to their jobs and explore all that the region has to offer. Prior to the pandemic, Metrolink had nearly 12 million annual boardings from people who choose to ride the train to avoid gridlock, removing an estimated 9.3 million vehicles from the roads and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 130,000 metric tons each year with its fleet of Tier 4 locomotives.