Amtrak Pacific Surfliner suspended between Irvine, San Diego

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner train service was suspended between Irvine and San Diego starting Friday because a portion of the route required emergency repairs in San Clemente, officials said.

The Pacific Surfliner, which sails the coast between San Diego and San Luis Obispo, will be suspended until further notice while repairs are made, Amtrak said in a travel advisory. After the repair, regular operation will be resumed.

“We understand that closures will be disruptive and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this causes our passengers,” Amtrak said in a statement. “We will continue to explore ways to minimize the impact of these closures as this important work continues.”

Meanwhile, Amtrak is trying to establish rail service between Oceanside and San Diego and bus service between Irvine and Oceanside.

San Clemente was hit by high surf and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Kay this month, which has also caused delays for Metrolink commuters.

Over the years, the coast has lost a significant amount of sand to erosion, climate change and development, which in turn has raised safety concerns about adjacent railroad tracks, officials said. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner suspended between Irvine, San Diego

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