ORANGE – The rail line through San Clemente is set to reopen for passenger rail service on Saturday, May 27, as emergency work has stabilized a hillside north of the Pier that last month scattered debris into the rail right of way below.
Metrolink, which operates regional passenger rail service, and its contractors worked with San Clemente, the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency, which operates the popular Pacific Surfliner service, and the Orange County Transportation Authority, owner of the track through Orange County, to clear the way to safely re-establish service on the track.
Metrolink and Pacific Surfliner are working to re-establish their respective services as quickly as possible.
- Metrolink is expected to resume service on Saturday. Passengers are asked to look for the latest updates on train schedules at metrolinktrains.com/service-update.
- Pacific Surfliner is set to resume rail service through San Clemente on Saturday, as well. One earlier train (794) from San Luis Obispo to San Diego will operate late tonight (Friday). Passengers are asked to visit pacificsurfliner.com/alerts for updated train schedules.
The rail line is being reopened at the start of the Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start to summer and a popular time for travel by all modes, including rail.
The halt to passenger service began on April 27, when the slope behind the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens began to slide, prompting the city to start emergency work to stabilize the hillside.
Crews have finished the bulk of that work, and Metrolink has worked with a contractor to clear debris near the track, allowing passenger service to safely resume.
All the partners, including OCTA, San Clemente, Metrolink and LOSSAN, are continuing to work together to coordinate any future work and will keep the public informed of any significant updates.
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