Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles-San Diego corridor’

New Siding to Cut Pacific Surfliner Delays

March 30, 2019

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.

Track Work to Disrupt Pacific Surfliners

February 15, 2019

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliners will be disrupted by track work on weekends between March 1 and 10.

The track work is being conducted by the North County Transit District.

On March 1 and 8 Train 590 will be cancelled and passengers directed to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Bus service will be provided from Los Angeles to San Diego, making stops at Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and San Diego Downtown.

No alternate transportation will be provided to Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.

On March 2, 3, 9 and 10 Trains 562, 583, 1565, 1566, 1569, 1572, 1573 and 1590 will be cancelled and passengers directed to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 782 will terminate at Los Angeles and no alternate transportation will be provided between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Southbound Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles and bus service will be provided for all missed stops.

Trains 580, 768, 774, 792, 1564 and 1584 will operate normally to Irvine, where bus service will be provided from Irvine to San Diego.

Express buses will run from Irvine to San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and downtown San Diego only.

Trains 591, 595, 763, 777, 785, 1579, 1761 and 1767 will originate in Irvine with bus service provided from San Diego to Irvine to connect with the trains listed above, with the exception of Train 1761.

Buses will depart downtown San Diego, Solana Beach, Oceanside and San Juan Capistrano earlier than the train schedule to allow time to connect with trains in Irvine.

Buses will not pick up at Old Town San Diego. Passengers can take the trolley to downtown San Diego to board buses to Irvine.

Bus also service will not be provided to connect with Train 1761.

Metrolink will honor Amtrak tickets between Irvine and Los Angeles.

There will be no checked baggage or express service south of Santa Ana on the dates shown above. Alternate bus service will not serve San Clemente Pier.

Surfliners Change for Del Mar, Comic-Con

July 11, 2018

Starting July 18 some Pacific Surfliner schedules will change to accommodate passengers traveling to Del Mar racetrack and the Comic-Con being held in the area.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the two events are expected to stimulate heavy ridership between July 21 and Sept. 3.

Amtrak said Train 568 will operate as an extra round trip between Los Angeles and San Diego July 18 through 20.

Train 593 will operate as an extra round trip between San Diego and Los Angeles July 18 through 22.

Train 1568 will operate as an extra round trip between Los Angeles and San Diego July 21 through 22.

Trains 572, 583, 591, 768 and 796 will have schedule modifications on weekends between July 18 and Sept. 3. Specific details are available at

Pacific Surfliner Ticket Policy Changes

February 20, 2018

Amtrak has changed its policy governing the use of 10-ride tickets on Pacific Surfliner trains. The validity period for 10-ride ticket for the Pacific Surfliners will be extended from 45 days to 60 days.

The change will apply to 10-ride tickets issued on or after Feb. 15, 2018, for travel on or after March 1, 2018. Tickets issued prior to Feb. 15 will retain the 45-day validity period.

In an unrelated development involving the Pacific Surfliner route, Amtrak said that it has partnered with Disneyland® Resort to offer special, limited-time savings for Southern California Residents on train travel and theme park admission through May 21, 2018.

Anaheim Resort Transportation provides a connection from the train station to Disneyland from the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.

Passengers should board ART Route 15 located at Bus Bay No. 12 for a ride to the theme park. The ride is free with a valid train ticket. Participants can travel to ARTIC by train from points throughout Southern California, including San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

For each adult ticket purchased, one free children’s ticket can be issued for those ages 2-12. To redeem, select one “Adult” and one “Child” as your passenger types, and enter promo code V231.

New Bridge Opens in San Diego

February 16, 2018

An Amtrak Pacific Surfliner was the first train to cross a new 900-foot bridge over the San Diego River that is part of the San Diego River Double Track project being sponsored by the The San Diego Association of Governments.

The project is seeking to boost passenger and freight rail service in the area, and it will involve building a parallel bridge that will allow for a continuous, 7-mile double-track segment from Garnet Avenue/Balboa Avenue to the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino.

The current San Diego River bridge is the only single-track segment south of Balboa Avenue in San Diego County.

The project cost is $93.9 million, with some funding coming from California State Transportation Agency. The project is expected to be finished in 2019.