Trains Stopped by Landslide, Passengers Stranded in Orange County
Well folks, it looks like Mother Nature has once again decided to play a little game of “Let’s mess with the commuters.” A landslide in San Clemente has thrown a major wrench into train service between Orange and San Diego counties. And let me tell you, it’s causing quite the headache for anyone trying to get from point A to point B without having to deal with traffic on the 5 freeway.
So here’s what went down: earlier this week, a big ol’ pile of dirt and rocks decided to take a nosedive onto the tracks in San Clemente. As if that weren’t enough, it also managed to block off access to not one, but two train stations – Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and Oceanside. Talk about rude!
Naturally, this whole fiasco left Metrolink and Surfliner passengers scratching their heads (and probably cursing under their breath). I mean, who wouldn’t be miffed after being told they’re stranded because some pesky landslide couldn’t mind its own business?
The Cleanup Effort
In an attempt to clean up this monumental mess, workers have been busy removing chunks of debris from the tracks. They’ve even had to take apart parts of a pedestrian bridge just so they could get at that pesky hillside that caused all this trouble in the first place. It’s like watching someone try to untangle Christmas lights – frustrating and time-consuming.
To make matters worse (or funnier depending on how you look at it), there are concerns about triggering another landslide during cleanup. So now these poor souls have got themselves walking on eggshells – or more accurately, shoveling dirt oh-so-carefully.
The Impact on Commuters
If you’re planning on catching a ride on Metrolink anytime soon, you might want to think twice before heading out the door. Trains will only be operating as far south as San Juan Capistrano over the weekend and starting Monday; they’ll only go as far as Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station during weekdays. And guess what? There won’t be any alternative transportation offered for those poor souls who can’t catch their usual train ride! Tough luck!
As for Amtrak Pacific Surfliner riders… well… let’s just say they’ll be enjoying scenic bus rides between Irvine and San Diego instead of cruising along smoothly by rail.
A Look Ahead
If you thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse than having your commute disrupted by nature’s little temper tantrum – think again! The weather forecast isn’t doing anyone any favors either; rainier days are ahead next week thanks to good old Casey Oswant over at National Weather Service’s San Diego office predicting precipitation Thursday through Friday.
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No timetable for reopening train service through San Clemente amid landslide cleanup