Emergency Repairs to Amtrak Line in Orange County Will Take 30-45 Days

Bulldozer on the road
Bulldozer works on railroad tracks in San Clemente. Courtesy of LOSSAN agency

The Orange County Transportation Authority It announced the accident Tuesday on the unstable railroad tracks through San Clemente, as the state released $6 million for repairs that will take 30 to 45 days.

Amtrak and MetroLink Train service to San Diego County has been suspended since September 30, when tropical storm Kay caused rail travel north of Trestles Beach.

Bus service has been established for Amtrak passengers, while BNSF freight trains continue to run through the area, albeit at slower speeds. COASTER trains are not affected.

“Prompt action by our board and the state will allow us to move forward with the best way to reduce rail traffic and restore the railroad through this important process,” said OCTA Chairman Mark A. Murphy, who is also the Mayor of Orange.

OCTA has a rail line between Fullerton and the San Diego County border.

The railway project involves driving large steel anchors into the 700 meter slope adjacent to the railway to prevent the railway from extending into the sea. Until emergency work on the slope begins, large rocks are being placed along the tracks for temporary protection.

“We all understand the urgency of this matter and we are constantly working with all of our partners, including Metrolink, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, the government and our elected leaders to complete the project as efficiently as possible, always putting safety first,” he said. OCTA Executive Director Darrell E. Johnson.

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