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    Weekend Service Resumes

    Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner restarted weekend service Saturday, Feb. 4. Metrolink will continue to operate weekend passenger rail service but only as far south as the San Clemente Pier Station, and weekday service as far south as the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viego Station.

    Metrolink service updates are available at Service Updates | Metrolink.

    Project Overview

    The Orange County Transportation Authority, in coordination with Metrolink, is working to stabilize railroad tracks in south San Clemente. The tracks have shown signs of movement as a result of a rapidly eroding coastline, a large slope with a historical landslide that has been activated by development over the years, and significant sand erosion. Passenger rail service through the area has been suspended and freight rail service has been reduced. The purpose of the emergency project is to stabilize the tracks and safely resume service as soon as possible.

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    About the Project

    The Orange County Transportation Authority, in coordination with Metrolink, is installing ground anchors into the slope between the railroad tracks and the Cyprus Shore community to prevent further slope movement.

    Funding

    The preliminary Project cost is $12 million based on conceptual design and is subject to change. With the support of the Californian Transportation Commission, OCTA has secured $6 million from the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). In addition, OCTA has secured $6 million from the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) to help fund the emergency construction.

    Restoring Passenger Service

    Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner restarted weekend service Saturday, Feb. 4. Metrolink will continue to operate weekend service but only as far south as the San Clemente Pier Station, and weekday service as far south as the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station.

    To ensure worker safety and efficient completion of the project, rail service will not operate on the weekdays. For updates on rail services and schedules, visit pacificsurfliner.com/alerts and Service Updates | Metrolink.

    Long-Term Solution

    OCTA continues to pursue long-term options for protecting the rail line in this area and throughout the Orange County coastal region and will seek input from the public and all stakeholders as it continues to study the issue.

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  • Construction Activities

    Crews are installing 220 ground anchors into the large slope between the railroad tracks and the Cyprus Shore community to prevent the slope from pushing the tracks further toward the coast. Two rows of ground anchors – 104 in row one and 116 in row two – are being drilled into bedrock beneath the slope.

    Row two ground anchor installation

    Row two ground anchor installation

    Contractors reached an important milestone in January 2023. The first row of 104 anchors has been installed and secured, and crews have installed more than 50 percent of ground anchors in the second row.

    Construction Schedule

    Project completion has been extended to late mid-April due to site conditions and inclement weather.

    Work hours are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and crews may work on Saturdays as needed. No night work is anticipated.

    Crews are expected to work Saturday, March, 25, during regular work hours. Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner weekend service will not be affected by this work.

    This work may be loud. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen operational issues.  

    Row two ground anchor installation

    Row two ground anchor installation

    Community Impacts

    Residents may hear back-up alarms from construction equipment; the alarms are required by state regulation. In addition, train horns may be sounded, a requirement when workers are present near the tracks.

    Safety

    To ensure pedestrian safety, crossing tracks outside of designated access paths is prohibited. Anyone entering the rail property could be cited for trespassing.

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