Railway construction will close tracks through Carlsbad

CARLSBAD — Coaster, Amtrak and Metrolink services will be affected throughout North County, from 10 p.m. Friday nights to 5 a.m. Monday mornings during the weekends of Oct. 21 through Oct. 23, Oct. 28 through Oct. 30 and Nov. 4 through Nov. 6. The construction will be on the LOSSAN Coastal Rail Line in the city of Carlsbad, as well as Trestles Beach and on Orange and Blue Line Trolleys in downtown San Diego.
Portions of the coastal rail line between Orange County and downtown San Diego will be shut down over three consecutive weekends as construction crews work to improve passenger and freight rail services by installing a second main line track and new rail bridges in the corridor. Carlsbad construction is expected to begin on Fridays at 10 p.m. and continue until Mondays at 5 a.m. on the weekends of Oct. 21 and 28.
Because this is an active rail line, track work and bridge construction must be conducted in the evening. Construction crews will work to minimize noise impacts to residents and will direct lighting away from residential structures to the greatest extent possible.
Amtrak will install a second rail track in the Carlsbad area, south of Cannon Road, while SANDAG constructs a new rail bridge at Trestles beach, near the Orange County line. Additional maintenance work will be conducted on the line in other locations between Trestles and Carlsbad Poinsettia Station. Rail passenger impacts are as follows:
For the NCTD Coaster, shuttle bus service will be available Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, for passengers traveling between Oceanside, Carlsbad Village and Poinsettia Coaster stations. Regularly scheduled Coaster service will continue between Carlsbad Poinsettia and downtown San Diego stations. There will be no impact to Coaster services on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, or on the weekend of Nov. 4 through Nov. 6.
For the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, motorcoach service will be provided to passengers traveling between Irvine and San Diego all three weekends. Services will be limited on weekends.
Metrolink trains will not operate on Saturdays or Sundays between Orange County and San Diego during all three weekends. Some late night trains will also be affected on Oct. 28, and Nov. 4.
Temporary bus schedules will be posted at stations along the corridor from Los Angeles to San Diego. Schedules will be coordinated to minimize passenger inconvenience, though passengers are encouraged to check online schedules for more detailed information.
Up-to-date schedule information can be obtained as follows:
— COASTER information: (760) 966-6500 or gonctd.com
— Amtrak information: (800) USA-RAIL or amtrak.com
— Metrolink information: (800) 371-LINK or metrolinktrains.com
— MTS Trolley information: (619) 233-3004 or sdmts.com
For more information, visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/carlsbaddoubletrack.

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