October Coastal Rail Closures


Oceanside, CA—As part of ongoing infrastructure improvements along the coastal rail corridor, two weekend closures have been planned this month. On October 7-8 and 21-22, there will be no COASTER or Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service in San Diego County. These closures are chosen to have the least impact on customers and provide a window in which construction and maintenance can be performed without interruption.

Passengers should be aware that on Friday, October 6, southbound Amtrak 592 and 796 (both Rail-2-Rail trains), which are scheduled to depart Oceanside at 10:19 p.m. and 11:57 p.m., will terminate in Oceanside. On Friday, October 20, southbound Amtrak 792 and 796 (both Rail-2-Rail trains), which are scheduled to depart Oceanside at 10:05 p.m. and 12:01 a.m., will terminate in Oceanside.

Amtrak and Metrolink will continue rail service each weekend from the north to and from the Oceanside Transit Center. Amtrak trains will not proceed further south, and their connecting bus service will require Amtrak reservations.

No replacement bus service connecting COASTER stations will be available. Alternatives for some COASTER passengers may include BREEZE Route 101 or MTS connections.

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

While no passenger rail service will be available during these closures, 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.

Customers are urged to plan ahead and make alternative travel arrangements. For trip planning assistance, customers can contact NCTD Customer Service at 760-966-6500, or visit GoNCTD.com.