Rail service along the North County coastal corridor suspended March 15-16

By City News Service

Rail service along the North County coastal corridor will be suspended this weekend (March 15-March 16) because of construction work, according to the North County Transit District.

The NCTD's Coaster will not run, and Amtrak and the Metrolink will not come south into San Diego County.

There will be no specific bus replacement going to Coaster stops, but the NCTD said riders can use the Route 101 bus instead.

Passengers with a valid Metrolink fare can use the NCTD's Route 395 bus.

Amtrak said most of its trains will terminate, or begin northbound trips, in Irvine. Limited bus service will be available as an alternate from the Old Town Transit Center.

Metrolink trains will only run north of the Laguna Niguel-Mission Viejo station, in southern Orange County.

Construction work will be performed at the Santa Margarita Bridge in Camp Pendleton, the Coast Boulevard crossing in

Del Mar

, the San Dieguito Bridge, and between Sorrento Valley Road and Miramar Road.

Rail service is scheduled to be restored in time for the Monday morning commute.

NOTE: NCTD's contractor, Kabler Construction Services, will be installing railway improvements at the Coast Boulevard railroad crossing on Saturday, March 15.  Coast Boulevard will be closed for a 400-foot span north of 15th Street (200 feet south of the railroad tracks) to Powerhouse Park from 12 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Detours will divert vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic to Camino del Mar to access Coast Boulevard from 22nd Street.  Access to the nearby residences and businesses will be maintained, with the exception of the old Train Station property.

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