Rail Service, Including Metrolink, Pacific Surfliner, Set to Resume Through San Clemente on Monday, July 17
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ORANGE – The rail line through San Clemente is set to reopen for passenger rail service on Monday, July 17, as emergency work has been completed to build a temporary barrier wall to protect the track.
Metrolink, which operates regional passenger rail service, and its contractors worked in partnership with the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency, which operates the popular Pacific Surfliner service, and the Orange County Transportation Authority, which owns the track through Orange County, to build the temporary barrier wall below the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, to safely re-establish service on the track.
The dimensions of the barrier wall are 250 feet long and 12 feet high, with the piles set 32 feet beneath ground.
Metrolink and Pacific Surfliner are each planning to resume service as of Monday, July 17.
- Metrolink passengers are asked to look for the latest updates on train schedules at metrolinktrains.com/service-update.
- Pacific Surfliner passengers are asked to visit pacificsurfliner.com/alerts for updated train schedules.
The rail line is being reopened in time for the popular summer season for rail travel, including the Comic-Con Convention, which runs July 20-23 in San Diego, and the return of thoroughbred horse racing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds beginning July 21.
An initial halt to passenger rail service began on April 27, when the slope behind Casa Romantica began to slide. Service temporarily resumed in late May but was halted again on June 5, when significant additional sliding occurred.
Metrolink and OCTA worked in partnership to build the temporary barrier wall on an emergency basis to protect the tracks, so passenger service could safely resume as soon as possible. The city of San Clemente continues work to stabilize the hillside for the long-term.
An earlier project to stabilize the track near homes in the Cyprus Shore Homeowners Association – about two miles south of the Casa Romantica project – is also nearing completion and not affecting train service.
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Metrolink regional passenger rail service offers reliable, safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation throughout Southern California. Metrolink has 545.6 total service line miles and 66 stations across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and San Diego counties connecting people, communities, and businesses and is an essential link in the region’s mobility network. Metrolink’s Arrow service, which launched in October 2022 with nine miles of track and four new stations between San Bernardino and Redlands, provides greater local and regional rail connectivity.