New Siding to Cut Pacific Surfliner Delays

Construction of a passing siding is expected to reduce delays for Amtrak trains on Los Angles-San Diego route.

The $34 million project is being overseen by the Orange County Transportation Authority and involves a 1.8-mile siding from the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink station to San Juan Capistrano.

The route is used by 60 Metrolink and Amtrak trains and will eliminate a practice whereby one train has to stop and wait for an opposing train near the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station.

A study conducted by OCTA found that southbound trains sometimes must wait up to five minutes for northbound train to clear.

Construction is expected to be completed by early 2021.

The work is not expected to significantly affect rail travel although officials said there may be intermittent service disruptions on weekends.

Most of the cost of the project is being provided by state and federal funding.

Once the project is completed, the Los Angeles-San Diego corridor will still have single track between San Juan Capistrano and the San Diego County line.

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