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San Clemente landslide disrupts Amtrak, Metrolink routes

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A Metrolink train moves along coastal tracks in Orange County. (Courtesy photo)

Train service north from Oceanside has been halted as of Wednesday, Jan. 24, after debris fell on tracks in San Clemente, Metrolink and Amtrak announced.

The closure is indefinite, according to rail officials.

Rail travel has been disrupted several times along the coastal tracks since 2022 because of landslides. This latest slide occurred after heavy rains saturated the region from Jan. 20 to 23.

The slide left a portion of the Mariposa Trail Bridge in San Clemente dangling near the tracks. The portion was removed on Thursday.

“There is no set timeline as to when the tracks will reopen or when rail service will resume,” Metrolink stated in an alert. “Metrolink track and engineering teams are working collaboratively with OCTA and City of San Clemente officials to ensure the right of way is safe.”

Amtrak has canceled the following Pacific Surfliner trains through at least Friday:

Northbound:
Trains 573 and 587.
Train 761 between San Diego and Los Angeles.
Train 765 between San Diego and Irvine.
Trains 581, 591 and 595 between San Diego and Oceanside.
Trains 769, 777 and 785 will serve as bus bridges between Oceanside and Irvine.

Southbound:
Trains 572 and 586.
Train 562 between San Juan Capistrano and San Diego.
Train 564 between San Juan Capistrano and Oceanside.
Trains 580 and 790 between Oceanside and San Diego.
Train 794 between Fullerton and San Diego.
Trains 770, 774 and 784 will serve as bus bridges between Irvine and Oceanside.

Metrolink’s Inland Empire-Orange County and Line Orange County lines have are also facing cancellations.

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