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Coastal Rail Closure April 13-14

Oceanside Quiet Zone Testing April 14

Oceanside CA— In order to facilitate infrastructure improvements along the coastal rail corridor, there will be no COASTER or Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service in San Diego County on the weekend of April 13-14.

On the Friday preceding the closure, April 12, southbound Amtrak R2R trains A792 and A796 will complete their trips to Santa Fe Depot, but Amtrak train A590 will be cancelled.

During the closure weekend, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink will not service the Oceanside Transit Center. Trips on connecting buses will require Amtrak reservations.

Replacement bus service connecting COASTER stations will not be available. Alternatives for some COASTER passengers may include BREEZE Route 101 or MTS connections.

During the closure on April 14, testing for the Oceanside Quiet Zone will take place. The new pedestrian crossing gates and other parts of the railroad signal system will be tested outside of regular passenger train service. This requires a “test train” to operate more or less continuously through Oceanside beginning at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 14, and ending at midnight.  Because the Quiet Zone is not yet in effect, train horns will be sounding throughout the day each time a train approaches a road crossing.

After the closure, coastal rail service will re-open for regularly scheduled trips in time for the Monday morning commute. Passengers should note that trains may be delayed up to 15 minutes on Monday, April 15.

While no passenger rail service will be available during this closure, other vehicles and equipment will operate along the railroad right-of-way and on the rail at non-specified times. Residents along the corridor should remain alert at legal crossings, and not trespass on the railroad right-of-way.

For trip planning assistance, customers can contact NCTD Customer Service at 760-966-6500, or visit GoNCTD.com.