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Full Rail Closure Between Oceanside and San Diego Scheduled this Weekend

A full rail closure will be in effect this weekend to accommodate scheduled work along the passenger and freight rail line from Oceanside to Downtown San Diego.

The scheduled closure will occur just after midnight on Saturday, March 7, through early morning on Monday, March 9. 

To improve capacity and efficiency, SANDAG will complete several projects to double track rail service where there is currently one track. During the rail closure, construction activities also are planned for the Mid-Coast Trolley project, which will extend UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley service from the Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego north to the University community.

Full rail closures are routinely scheduled to advance rail construction and ensure worker safety. 

The weekend closure will affect four rail services operating on the San Diego segment of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo coastal rail corridor: North County Transit District, Metrolink, Amtrak, and the freight carrier BNSF.

Regular passenger rail service is scheduled to resume at 5 a.m. for the morning commute on Monday, March 9. Riders are encouraged to allow for more travel time as trains could be delayed in arriving at their destinations.

The following work will take place during the closure:

In San Diego, construction activities are planned throughout the Mid-Coast corridor and will include work on the Mid-Coast Trolley project. Crews will replace rail ties, build rail crossovers, install fencing, perform drainage activities, and continue bridge work. The Mid-Coast Trolley project is anticipated to be complete by late 2021. View the project map .

At the San Diego River near Friars Road and Pacific Highway, crews will install handrails, prepare for painting, and perform minor improvements to the bridges and track. As part of the San Diego River Double Track project, crews completed construction of the second heavy rail bridge over the river during the February 22-23 rail closure and both bridges are now open to rail travel. The project added 0.9 miles of double track to create a continuous 7-mile double track segment in the southernmost portion of the LOSSAN corridor, including access across the river. View the project map.

During all construction, nearby residents and businesses can expect intermittent noise and lights. Please visit GoNCTD.com , Amtrak.com , or MetrolinkTrains.com for alternate route schedules.

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For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.