Posts Tagged ‘North County Transit District’

Train Speed Cut on Del Mal Bluffs

March 13, 2021

Trains are operating at reduced speed along a portion of the Del Mar Bluffs in Southern California despite a portion of it having recently collapsed.

The North County Transit District said another bluff failure is possible due to cracks that were observed during an inspection following the most recent collapse on Feb. 28.

The agency has warned the public to stay at least least 50 feet away from the top and bottom of the area.

The collapse last month reached within 35 feet of tracks owned by the transit district and used by Coaster commuter trains, Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliners, and BNSF freight traffic.

Fence Plan Draws Opposition in California

January 14, 2021

A plan to install a fence along a route used by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner trains drew sharp opposition this week during a public meeting.

Opponents spoke out during a Del Mar, California, city council meeting.

The North County Transit District wants to erect a 1.4-mile long, 6-foot-high fence to prevent trespassing along the Del Mar bluffs.

The agency said 12 people have been hit by trains in the past five years. Much of the trespassing has been done by people seeking a direct route to Pacific Ocean beaches.

Although the council took no action regarding the fence during the meeting, it did approve a $283,000 study of how to create additional pedestrian crossings of the tracks to the beaches..

The transit district has asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board for a ruling that would allow it to perform work along the bluffs.

However, action by the STB is in limbo as the city, transit district and California Coastal Commission discuss ways to revolve the trespassing problems.

Study Eyes Capacity Expansion in California

December 1, 2020

A study has been released by California’s North County Transit District that sets forth a vision for expansion of passenger and freight rail services along the 351-mile corridor linking San Diego with San Luis Obispo via Los Angles.

Known as the LOSSAN rail corridor, it hosts about $1 billion in freight traffic and more than 8 million Amtrak and commuter rail trains.

The report provides a plan to support “efforts to holistically consolidate freight and passenger rail service needs into one executable operating plan, which also aligns with the goals of the 2018 California State Rail Plan,”

NCTD said it has identified infrastructure improvements needed to increase the corridor’s capacity, including eliminating some single track stretches.

Among the plans are expanding Coaster service to the Downtown San Diego Convention Center; extending service to a new Amtrak maintenance facility in National City; increasing freight services  to five roundtrips per day; and minimizing rail crossing delays by extending signaling and positive train control to improve rail speed and coordination with rail crossing gates. 

NCTD said it will work with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), LOSSAN Corridor AgencyCalifornia State Transportation Agency and other key stakeholders “to identify approximately $380 million to implement the prioritized mid-term improvements, and an additional $700 million to implement all phases of investment over the long-term planning horizon while advancing state and national economic, transportation, and environmental goals.” 

Track Work to Disrupt Pacific Surfliners

February 8, 2020

Track work being performed by the North County Transit District in San Diego County, California, will result in schedule changes to Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service between Feb. 21 and March 11.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that on Feb. 21 and March 6 Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles.

Bus service will be provided south from Los Angeles to San Diego, serving all missed stops.

Several schedule changes are set for Feb. 22 and 23, and March 7 and 8 as described below.

Passengers who had planned to travel on the affected trains on these dates are being advised to use other Pacific Surfliner trains in the event that no alternative bus service is being provided.

Trains 562, 578, 583, 1565, 1566, 1569, 1572, 1573, 1590 and 1591 will be cancelled.

Train 782 will terminate at Los Angeles. 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.

Southbound 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.

Northbound Train 1761 will originate at Los Angeles. No alternate transportation will be provided between San Diego and Los Angeles.

Northbound Trains 579, 593, 595, 763, 777, 785 and 1767 will originate in Irvine. Bus service will be provided from San Diego to Irvine to connect with the trains listed above.

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.

Metrolink will honor Amtrak tickets between San Juan Capistrano and Los Angeles.

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

Track Work to Disrupt Pacific Surfliners

October 13, 2019

Track work being conducted by North County Transit District will prompt service disruptions to some Pacific Surfliner service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Oct. 18 and 27.

On Oct. 18 and 25, 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 Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, Trains 562, 578, 583, 591, 1565, 1566, 1569, 1572, 1573 and 1590 will be cancelled and passengers directed to reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

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

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 593, 595, 763, 777, 785, 579, 1761 and 1767 will originate in Irvine. Bus service will be provided from San Diego to Irvine to connect with the trains listed above, except for 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.

Instead passengers can take the trolley to downtown San Diego to board buses to Irvine.

Bus service will not be provided to connect with Train 1761 but Metrolink will honor Amtrak tickets between Irvine and Los Angeles.

Funding Awarded to Improve California Tracks

July 2, 2019

State funding has been awarded to stabilize a portion of the route used by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner trains near San Diego.

The North County Transit District  will receive $6.13 million from the state for its Del Mar Bluff stabilization projects.

The tracks are also used by NCTD trains, Metrolink, PacSun and BNSF. Officials said the bluffs have experienced natural erosion that has led to six bluff failures since last summer.

The project will be undertaken in two phases. One phase will secure the bluffs for the next 20 to 30 years by evaluating the site’s seismic and static stabilization needs, the addition of piling and tie backs, replacement of old drainage structures and localized lagging as bluff retreat accelerates.

The other phase involves funding the analysis, selection, environmental clearance and development of construction plans for additional stabilization measures. The measures would include bluff toe protection, bluff face stabilization, lagging installation and the consideration of coastal access.

Pacific Surfliner Disruptions set for April 20-22

April 12, 2018

Amtrak has announced that track work being performed by the North County Transit District will affect Pacific Surfliner service on April 20-22.

On April 20, Train 590 will be cancelled and bus service will be provided from Los Angeles to San Diego.

The buses will stop at Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town and San Diego, but will skip stations at Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, Carlsbad Village and Sorrento Valley.

On April 21 and 22, trains 562, 565, 572, 573, 583, 1566, 1567 and 1588 will be cancelled and passengers directed to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 782 will operate normally to Los Angeles, but no alternate transportation will be offered between Los Angeles and San Diego. Passengers are directed to make reservations aboard other Pacific Surfliner trains.

Train 796 will operate normally to Los Angeles with bus service being provided for all missed stops, except Carlsbad Village and Sorrento Valley.

Trains 564, 580, 584, 768, 774 and 792 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 579, 591, 595, 763, 769, 777, 785 and 1761 will originate in Irvine with bus service being 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 and bus service will not be provided to connect with Train 1761.

Metrolink will honor Amtrak tickets between San Juan Capistrano and Los Angeles.