Passenger rail service through San Clemente set to resume Monday after emergency repairs

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Passenger rail service between San Clemente and Oceanside is set to resume Monday after falling debris from a rain-soaked hillside shut down operations for two months.

Regular passenger rail service connecting San Clemente and Oceanside will resume Monday, two months after a landslide along the scenic coastal route shut down operations. The Orange County Transportation Authority, which owns the track through San Clemente, worked with Metrolink, which operates regional passenger rail service, to build a 200-foot-long wall at Mariposa Point to shore up the hillside.

A landslide in 2022 closed Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink trains for six months. After that, another landslide at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, a historic San Clemente landmark known for its panoramic ocean views, halted service, upending passenger and freight rail service along the coast. The California Transportation Commission allocated $7.2 million in emergency funding to support the latest repair work, which also drew federal support.

 

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