Laguna Niguel to San Juan Capistrano Passing Siding Project

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  • Laguna Niguel to San Juan Capistrano Passing Siding Project

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    Project Overview

    The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in coordination with Metrolink and the cities of Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano, is adding 1.8 miles of new passing siding railroad track between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station and Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. The passing siding track will run adjacent to the existing track, connecting to it at each end, which will allow trains traveling in opposite directions to pass each other without stopping. The project will reduce delays, increase safety and provide more reliable rail service.


    Funding

    This $30.8 million project is funded by OC Go (formerly Measure M)Orange County’s half-cent sales tax to fund transportation investments, and state and federal funds.

    Work to be Completed

    The project adds 1.8 miles of new passing siding railroad track adjacent to the existing track between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station and Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. A passing siding track runs adjacent to an existing track, connecting to it at each end, allowing trains traveling in opposite directions to pass each other without stopping.

    The project also includes:

    • Relocating a spur track further south;
    • Improving the private crossing from Camino Capistrano to Saddleback Rancho Capistrano;
    • Raising approximately 600 feet of Camino Capistrano adjacent to the private rail crossing to improve access; and
    • Paving a small area adjacent to Camino Capistrano to accommodate two parking spots for maintenance personnel and train crews.

    Project Benefits

    Project benefits include safer, more reliable and efficient passenger service; congestion relief at the Laguna Niguel-Mission Viejo station; and enhanced operational efficiency of passenger services in the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor.

    Operations between the Irvine and Oceanside stations would be 4 to 6 percent more efficient over the current scheduled travel times. The passing siding track will reduce the amount of time that trains will spend holding for opposing trains, therefore, this proposed project will allow trains to move efficiently through this section of the LOSSAN rail corridor.

    Project Schedule

    Detours will be posted once construction has begun.
    Overview

    Project Overview

    The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in coordination with Metrolink and the cities of Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano, is adding 1.8 miles of new passing siding railroad track between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station and Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. The passing siding track will run adjacent to the existing track, connecting to it at each end, which will allow trains traveling in opposite directions to pass each other without stopping. The project will reduce delays, increase safety and provide more reliable rail service.


    Details

    Funding

    This $30.8 million project is funded by OC Go (formerly Measure M)Orange County’s half-cent sales tax to fund transportation investments, and state and federal funds.

    Work to be Completed

    The project adds 1.8 miles of new passing siding railroad track adjacent to the existing track between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station and Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. A passing siding track runs adjacent to an existing track, connecting to it at each end, allowing trains traveling in opposite directions to pass each other without stopping.

    The project also includes:

    • Relocating a spur track further south;
    • Improving the private crossing from Camino Capistrano to Saddleback Rancho Capistrano;
    • Raising approximately 600 feet of Camino Capistrano adjacent to the private rail crossing to improve access; and
    • Paving a small area adjacent to Camino Capistrano to accommodate two parking spots for maintenance personnel and train crews.

    Project Benefits

    Project benefits include safer, more reliable and efficient passenger service; congestion relief at the Laguna Niguel-Mission Viejo station; and enhanced operational efficiency of passenger services in the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor.

    Operations between the Irvine and Oceanside stations would be 4 to 6 percent more efficient over the current scheduled travel times. The passing siding track will reduce the amount of time that trains will spend holding for opposing trains, therefore, this proposed project will allow trains to move efficiently through this section of the LOSSAN rail corridor.

    Project Schedule

    Detours
    Detours will be posted once construction has begun.
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