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Metrolink, Amtrak Resuming Service Between OC, San Diego After Beach Erosion Repairs

SAN CLEMENTE (CBSLA) – Metrolink and Amtrak are resuming service Monday between Orange and San Diego counties after beach erosion in San Clemente forced a more than two-week emergency closure for repairs.

San Onofre State Beach Lease Ends In 2021
SAN CLEMENTE, CA - AUGUST 27: A Pacific Surfliner train passes through Lower Trestles in San Clemente on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. The future of the San Onofre State Beach is unknown because the long-term lease agreement between the California Department of Parks and Recreation and U.S. Marine Corps ends in 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

Metrolink and Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner services were both suspended on Sept. 16.

Metrolink reported Friday that there was a landslide south of the San Clemente Pier that caused the tracks "to become misaligned." The agency said its crews placed 12,000 tons of boulders, known as riprap, alongside the track in order to stabilize the slope where the erosion had occurred.

Metrolink is resuming passenger service between its Laguan Nigueo/Mission Viejo station and its San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and Oceanside stations. Metrolink said that there will be speed restrictions in place in the area of the track repairs that could cause delays.

Pacific Surfliner is also resuming service between its Irvine and Oceanside stations.

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