Amtrak suspended its rail passenger service between Irvine and San Diego due to safety concerns near San Clemente.
The suspension began Friday, September 30, and is in effect “until further notice,” Amtrak said.
Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner passenger train between Irvine and San Diego includes stops in San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Oceanside and Solana Beach. Amtrak’s regular schedule shows 10 trains per day from Los Angeles to San Diego. Another 10 travel daily from San Diego to Los Angeles.
Amtrak said it is working on establishing bus services between Irvine and San Diego and a train service between Oceanside and San Diego by October 3. Commuters should visit his website and Twitter account (@PacSurfliner) for updated information.
Amtrak’s cancellation follows the suspension of Metrolink service south of the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station because the ground beneath the tracks at San Clemente has shifted.
Metrolink’s suspension will affect trains on the Orange County Line as well as the Inland Empire-Orange County Line. Both service interruptions are in effect until further notice.
In early September, a storm surge caused flooding and waves that swept over and caused movement in a stretch of road south of San Clemente that runs along the coast.
A similar problem led to a closure last year that halted formwork work for more than two weeks.
The Orange County Transportation Authority, which owns the tracks, will hold a special board meeting Monday to discuss further substantive corrections for the erosion.
Staff writer Alicia Robinson contributed to this report.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/09/30/amtrak-halts-passenger-service-between-irvine-and-san-diego-because-of-shifting-tracks/ Amtrak Suspends Passenger Service Between Irvine and San Diego Due to Track Relocation – Orange County Register