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Metrolink Will Restore Regular Weekend Schedule Published in October 24 Timetable
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 4, the weekend schedule for the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines will be updated to reflect the regular Saturday and Sunday schedule that is printed in Metrolink’s most current October 24 timetable.

Weekend trains on both lines have been operating on a modified schedule to and from San Clemente since Saturday, Oct. 29 when weekend service was extended to and from San Clemente.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Restarting Weekend Service on Feb. 4
Metrolink Weekend Service Will Continue to Go Only as Far as the San Clemente Pier Station (No Weekend Service to or from Oceanside)
Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner announced today that it plans to restart weekend train service to and from San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Metrolink will continue operating weekend service only as far south as the San Clemente Pier Station. Weekend trains will not provide service to and from Oceanside until we can offer the full schedule – on weekdays as well as weekends.

Weekday service continues to go only as far south as the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station.

Construction work is expected to be complete in late March, but is subject to change based on weather and site conditions.

For ongoing project updates, you may visit octa.net/railimprovements and read the latest on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service here

 

OC and IEOC Trains to Go Only as Far as Laguna Niguel on Weekends of Jan. 7-8 and Jan. 28-29
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

Due to maintenance and rehabilitation projects, Orange County Line and Inland Empire-Orange County Line trains will operate only as far south as the Laguna Niguel-Mission Viejo Station on the following two weekends in January:

- Saturday, Jan. 7 and Sunday Jan. 8
- Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29

During all other weekends, until construction to stabilize the hillside in San Clemente is complete, trains will operate to and from the San Clemente Pier Station.

Weekday trains will continue to operate only as far as the Laguna Niguel-Mission Viejo Station until construction is complete.

Construction to Stabilize Hillside in San Clemente Begins
Tuesday, Nov. 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. 

Weekend Service to and from San Clemente Pier Wil Run Modified Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 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, Oct. 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, Oct. 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, Oct. 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, Oct. 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, Sept. 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.