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Upcoming weekend rail closures

Regional transit riders will still be able to reach their destinations despite construction this weekend on the coastal rail line and in downtown San Diego. Portions of the LOSSAN rail line between Orange County and downtown San Diego will be shut down for the second weekend in a row as construction crews work to improve passenger and freight rail services by installing a second main line track and new rail bridges in the corridor. Trolley service also will be affected in the downtown area due to construction on the MTS Orange and Blue lines.

Amtrak will continue the installation of a second rail track in the Carlsbad area, south of Cannon Road during the weekend of Oct. 28-30. SANDAG will continue constructing a new rail bridge at Trestles beach, near the Orange County line for two additional weekends, Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-6. Additional maintenance work will be conducted on the line in other locations between Trestles and Carlsbad Poinsettia Station this weekend. Rail passenger impacts are as follows: 

NCTD COASTER:  On Saturday, Oct. 29, shuttle bus service will be provided to passengers traveling between Oceanside, Carlsbad Village, and Poinsettia COASTER stations. Regularly scheduled COASTER service will continue between Carlsbad Poinsettia and downtown San Diego stations. There will be no impact to COASTER services on Sunday, Oct. 30, or on the weekend of November 4-6.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner: Motorcoach service will be provided to passengers traveling between Irvine and San Diego this weekend and Nov. 4-6. Services will be limited.

Metrolink: Metrolink will not operate the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines from Los Angeles Union Station to Oceanside and from San Bernardino to Oceanside on Saturdays or Sundays this weekend and next weekend. Some late night trains also will be affected on Friday, October 28, and Friday, November 4.

Temporary bus schedules will be posted at stations along the corridor from Los Angeles to San Diego. Schedules will be coordinated to minimize passenger inconvenience, though passengers are encouraged to check online schedules for more detailed information. 

Downtown San Diego Trolley Construction

In downtown San Diego, construction to improve the MTS Trolley system also will necessitate the closures of downtown area Trolley stations and streets for a second weekend, Oct. 28-30. Trolleys will not run between Old Town Transit Center and City College Transit Center, though substitute shuttle bus service will be provided. Trolley construction information is available at: www.sdmts.com/trolleyrenewal.asp

Rider Information

Up-to-date schedule information can be obtained as follows:

COASTER information: 760-966-6500 or gonctd.com
Amtrak information: 1-800-USA-RAIL or amtrak.com 
Metrolink information: 1-800-371-LINK or metrolinktrains.com
MTS Trolley information: (619) 233-3004 or sdmts.com 

Carlsbad Construction Information

Construction is expected to begin on Friday at 10 p.m. and continue until Monday at 5 a.m. on the weekend of Oct. 28. Because this is an active rail line, track work and bridge construction must be conducted in the evening. Construction crews will work to minimize noise impacts to residents and will direct lighting away from residential structures to the greatest extent possible. More information: www.KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/carlsbaddoubletrack

About LOSSAN Coastal Rail Improvements

SANDAG, NCTD and Amtrak are working to add a second track to the 60-mile LOSSAN coastal rail corridor in Carlsbad to improve passenger and freight rail services. As a companion to Interstate 5, the San Diego segment of the LOSSAN corridor plays a critical role in the movement of people and goods within the region’s North Coast Corridor. During the next 20 years, more than $800 million in improvements are planned in the San Diego County section of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor. These projects include double tracking, bridge and track replacement, new stations, grade separations, and other improvements to shorten trip times and increase passenger rail service in the corridor. More information: www.KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/LOSSAN

Project Manager(s)

David Hicks, Communications Manager
Phone: (619) 699-6939, E-mail: david.hicks@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.