April 14, 2024
Practice service between Orange and San Diego counties stays disrupted after a landslide in San Clemente with no timetable for reopening the tracks via the world, a spokesman for the regional rail authority mentioned Saturday.

The Wednesday slope failure despatched particles onto the tracks within the southern Orange County metropolis, halting service the between Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and Oceanside stations, and stranding Metrolink and Surfliner passengers.

Efforts to restore the injury will proceed via the weekend, mentioned Metrolink spokesperson Scott Johnson, and has required the elimination of two “massive sections” of the Mariposa Pedestrian Bridge in order that staff may entry the affected hillside.

“At present the elimination of soil is going down however they’re doing so very methodically to make sure it doesn’t set off a further landslide,” he mentioned.

This weekend, Metrolink trains will function as far south as San Juan Capistrano. Starting Monday, weekday trains will function solely so far as the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station. Metrolink shouldn’t be providing different strategies of transportation to stations that its trains are unable to entry.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner prepare service is working as far south as San Juan Capistrano, and buses are getting used to ferry passengers between Irvine and San Diego, Johnson mentioned.

The landslide is one in every of a number of current ones to disrupt rail service within the space. One other in 2022 led to a six-month stoppage of full passenger service.

The climate forecast for subsequent week may put a damper on the restore work in San Clemente. Casey Oswant, a meteorologist within the Nationwide Climate Service’s San Diego workplace mentioned that precipitation is anticipated Thursday and Friday.

“It’ll shift to rainier, colder and windier” climate, she mentioned.