By City News Service
A sizable segment of the North County's coastal commuter-train service — temporarily halted this week due to storm damage — was restored Thursday, transit officials announced.
Amtrak runs between Solana Beach and points north resumed this afternoon following "excellent progress" by repair crews, said Alex Wiggins communications director for North County Transit District.
The steady, sometimes torrential downpours that began soaking the region last Friday caused enough erosion and landslide damage to halt all train traffic between Oceanside and San Diego early Wednesday morning.
Inspections by transit engineers revealed "considerable" loss of soil beneath a mile-long section of rails near Sorrento Valley, Wiggins said. Having lost the earth supporting it, the stretch of track was left with inadequate support to bear the weight of train traffic.
Starting this evening, Pacific Surfliner trains 784 and 592 are back in service, though running at slower-than-usual speeds and on a reduced schedule through Friday, officials said.
Transit authorities hope to have Coaster commuter-rail service between Oceanside and San Diego fully up and running again by Monday, Wiggins said.