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Legislation Passed to Avert Nationwide Freight Rail Strike

Friday, December 2, 2022

Good News - The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed legislation to avert a rail shutdown. President Joe Biden has signed the legislation into law, meaning Metrolink service will not be interrupted.

Construction to Stabilize Hillside in San Clemente Begins

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

We are pleased to report that emergency construction work to stabilize the hillside south of the San Clemente Pier has begun and is expected to be complete in February. 

Officials at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) report that currently suspended passenger rail service could resume before construction ends. They will work with Metrolink and other affected rail agencies to determine at what point service can safely restart. 

For details about this latest construction update, read OCTA’s full press release. 

For ongoing project updates, visit www.octa.net/railimprovements. 

 

Congress Takes Action to Avert Strike, However Service Disruption Remains Possible as Early as Friday, Dec. 9
Thursday, December 1, 2022

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills related to the ongoing freight rail labor negotiations in an effort to avert a nationwide strike that would impact Metrolink service as early as Friday, Dec. 9.

This legislation is now headed to the Senate, but the date on which it will be voted is yet to be determined. The risk of a strike starting Dec. 9 has not been eliminated, and riders should plan accordingly. If a strike does occur, we expect service to be impacted as follows:

Riverside, Orange County, Inland Empire-Orange County and 91/Perris Valley lines: All trains would be canceled. 

Ventura County Line: Trains will operate only between Moorpark and Los Angeles. Service beyond the Moorpark Station would be canceled.

Passengers who ride Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Codeshare trains 761, 770, 777 and 784 between Ventura-Downtown/Beach and Los Angeles should check the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trip planner for the latest information. 

Antelope Valley and San Bernardino lines, including Arrow: Service would continue uninterrupted. 

We remain hopeful that a settlement will be reached by the deadline and appreciate your patience. As we learn more, we will share those details with updates on this page, via email, and on our social media channels. You may also call or text 800-371-5465 (LINK) for information. 

Potential Freight Rail Strike May Disrupt Service as Early as Dec. 9
Monday, November 28, 2022

Due to a potential nationwide work stoppage by freight railroad work unions, Metrolink service may be disrupted as early as Friday, December 9. If a strike does occur, we expect service to be impacted as follows:

Riverside, Orange County, Inland Empire-Orange County and 91/Perris Valley lines: All trains would be canceled. 

Ventura County Line: Trains will operate only between Moorpark and Los Angeles. Service beyond the Moorpark Station would be canceled.

Passengers who ride Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Codeshare trains 761, 770, 777 and 784 between Ventura-Downtown/Beach and Los Angeles should check the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trip planner for the latest information. 

Antelope Valley and San Bernardino lines, including Arrow: Service would continue uninterrupted. 

We remain hopeful that a settlement will be reached by the deadline and appreciate your patience. As we learn more, we will share those details with updates on this page, via email, and on our social media channels. You may also call or text 800-371-5465 (LINK) for information.

Weekend Service to and from San Clemente Pier Wil Run Modified Schedule
Thursday, October 27, 2022 

Starting Saturday, Oct. 29, Metrolink weekend trains along the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines will resume service, with modified schedules, to and from the San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and San Clemente Pier stations. Please see the link below for the modified weekend schedules on both lines: 

Emergency work to stabilize the hillside south of the San Clemente Pier is beginning soon, and weekend service connecting to the Oceanside Station remains suspended. There is no alternate transportation to or from Oceanside.  

Metrolink service Monday through Friday remains suspended at all stations south of the Laguna Nigel/Mission Viejo Station. This is due to the higher volume of train traffic along this single-track route on weekdays, compared to weekends, making it challenging to provide service without significant delays.  
 
Select Pacific Surfliner Trains Restored and Rail 2 Rail® Honored 
 
In addition to the restoration of Metrolink’s weekend service as far south as San Clemente Pier, please note that select Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains will also be extended as far south as San Juan Capistrano (previously they ran only as far as Irvine). With this extension, we are happy to report that the Rail 2 Rail program will be honored on those select Pacific Surfliner trains serving the San Juan Capistrano Station. Metrolink Monthly Pass holders are still unable to board alternate buses provided by Amtrak Pacific Surfliner between Oceanside and Irvine due to space limitations.  You can read the latest on Pacific Surfliner service here 

 

Weekend Service Resumes to and from San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, and San Clemente Pier stations
Thursday, October 20, 2022

Starting Saturday, Oct. 29, Metrolink weekend trains along the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines will resume service to and from the San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, and San Clemente Pier stations.

While we are pleased to be able to restore service on weekends as far south as the San Clemente Pier, service Monday through Friday remains suspended at all stations south of the Laguna Nigel/Mission Viejo Station. This is due to the higher volume of train traffic along this single-track route on weekdays, compared to weekends, making it challenging to provide service without significant delays.

The risk associated with the hillside slope movement prompted Metrolink and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner to suspend passenger rail service on Sept. 30. Emergency repairs will be underway soon, and according to officials at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), which owns the railroad right of way between Fullerton and the San Diego County border, full restoration of passenger rail service could happen between mid-December and the end of January.

For more details about the emergency track stabilization project, click here.

 

Emergency Work to Stabilize Hillside in San Clemente Announced
Friday, October 14, 2022

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) announced today that the agency finalized a contract with a geo-technical firm to begin emergency work to stabilize the hillside slope next to the tracks in San Clemente – work is tentatively scheduled to begin next week.

The risk associated to the hillside slope moving prompted Metrolink and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner to suspend passenger rail service on Sept. 30. According to OCTA officials, restoration of passenger rail service could happen in as soon as 60 days, in mid-December, or when the construction is expected to finish in mid-January, in 90 days.

OCTA owns the railroad right of way between Fullerton and the San Diego County border.

For more details about the project, click here.

 

Rail 2 Rail Program with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Suspended between Irvine and Oceanside
Friday, October 7, 2022

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner announced today that the Rail 2 Rail program with Metrolink is temporarily suspended between Oceanside and Irvine due to the track closure south of the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station.

Amtrak buses operating between Oceanside and Irvine have limited capacity, so an Amtrak reservation is required.

Under the Rail 2 Rail program, Metrolink Orange and Ventura County corridor Monthly Pass holders can travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains, within the station pairs of their pass, at no additional charge, including Saturdays and Sundays.

The Rail 2 Rail program between Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink will resume between Oceanside and Irvine once the tracks reopen.

The Rail 2 Rail program is not affected north of Irvine.

 

Emergency Funding Approved for Hillside Stabilization in San Clemente
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

As you know, safety is the foundation for everything we do at Metrolink, so we appreciate your patience as we evaluate the stability of the right of way near the tracks in San Clemente.

Please know that we are working hard to restore service south of the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station along our Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines.

Yesterday, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors and the California Transportation Commission held special meetings to declare an emergency need for rail track stabilization and approved subsequent funding. The emergency construction is estimated at $12 million.

The actions will allow OCTA to move forward to stabilize the gradually sliding hillside next to the rail line, which would potentially allow for safely restoring passenger service through the area.

According to OCTA officials, the stabilization work will likely take 30 to 45 days to complete. OCTA staff presented an estimated timeline that indicated resumption of Metrolink and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner to be early to mid-November.

We understand the inconvenience the track closure has caused and we are offering the following to help make things right:

  • October Monthly Pass holders who are impacted by the suspended service and unable to use their pass are eligible for a refund. Click here to submit your refund request.
  • If you are a Corporate Partner Program (CPP) member, please reach out to your Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC). If you purchase your monthly pass through a third party (e.g., WageWorks/Health Equity, Edenred, RideLinks, ADP, Discovery Benefits) please contact them directly.

Again, as we learn more, we will share those details. For more detailed service information, you can call or text 800-371-5465 (LINK).

 

Service Suspended South of Laguna Niguel Due to Unstable Hillside in San Clemente
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Unfortunately, continued movement to the right of way in the San Clemente area is forcing Metrolink to suspend Orange County Line and Inland Empire-Orange County Line service south of the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station beginning Friday and until further notice.

Working with geologists, geotechnical engineers, and surveyors, we have determined to ensure passenger safety service suspension is necessary. Until we have confirmation from the experts the slope movement has stopped, we will not resume Metrolink service.

Below is Metrolink’s adjusted service schedule beginning Friday morning:

  • Orange County Line:
    • All Orange County Line trains will operate as scheduled between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station and Los Angeles Union Station, with no alternate transportation to or from San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente or Oceanside.
  • Inland Empire-Orange County Line:
    • All Inland Empire-Orange County Line trains will operate as scheduled between Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and San Bernardino, with no alternate transportation to or from San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente or Oceanside.

We appreciate your patience and thank you for your continued ridership. As we learn more, we will share those details with you via email, our social media channels and on this webpage. For more detailed service information, you can call or text 800-371-5465 (LINK).

Again, we truly appreciate your continued ridership, and we are doing everything we can to ensure safe and dependable passenger rail service.