SAN DIEGO — Pacific Surfliner service was suspended again Friday between Irvine and San Diego due to debris falling from a slope north of the San Clemente Pier, Amtrak officials said.
The track closure, which took effect Thursday at 1:11 p.m., will reopen once the tracks have been deemed safe, according to Amtrak.
On Friday morning, Pacific Surfliner said that service was again suspended between San Diego and Irvine due to the debris. Some limited train service was available to and from San Juan Capistrano.
“The location of the closure is near San Clemente’s Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, approximately two miles north of where the Orange County Transportation Authority is completing construction work. It is an unrelated issue,” the train service stated on its website.
A spokesperson with Amtrak released a statement, saying that they are assuring the passengers at Oceanside that no one will be left stranded and making announcements at the station letting passengers know that the buses are on their way.
“No passengers will be left stranded in Oceanside or Irvine. There will be a train waiting for them in Irvine when they arrive by bus. And there will also be a southbound train waiting for passengers arriving in Oceanside from Irvine,” Amtrak said.
The track closure comes following emergency construction work to stop the slope movement and stabilize the tracks, according to the Orange County Transportation Authority.
The project, which was impacted by delays in the construction schedule due to recurring heavy rains, started in October and wrapped up on April 17.