Metrolink suspends rail service in south Orange County to complete needed track work
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LOS ANGELES – Today, Metrolink announced it is suspending rail service to the San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and Oceanside stations beginning tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 16 for emergency track work to stabilize the right-of-way in the San Clemente area and ensure the safety of its operations. The suspended service will affect trains on the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines.
Metrolink’s goal is to resume service by Monday, Oct. 4. If the work is done earlier than expected, Metrolink service will also resume, which will quickly be communicated to passengers.
During the work period, Metrolink trains will operate as far south as the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station. There will be no alternate bus service to connect to the San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente or Oceanside stations.
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.