Laguna Niguel to San Juan Capistrano Passing Siding Project

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  • Laguna Niguel to San Juan Capistrano Passing Siding Project

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    CHRISTINA PIRRUCCELLO

    Associate Community Relations Specialist

    (800) 724-0353

    Project Overview

    The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in coordination with Metrolink and the cities of Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano, is adding 1.8 miles of new passing siding railroad track between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station and Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. The passing siding track will run adjacent to the existing track, connecting to it at each end, which will allow trains traveling in opposite directions to pass each other without stopping. The project will reduce delays, increase safety and provide more reliable rail service.


    Funding

    This $34.1 million project is funded by OC Go (formerly Measure M)Orange County’s half-cent sales tax to fund transportation investments, and state and federal funds.

    Work to be Completed

    The project adds 1.8 miles of new passing siding railroad track adjacent to the existing track between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station and Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. A passing siding track runs adjacent to an existing track, connecting to it at each end, allowing trains traveling in opposite directions to pass each other without stopping.

    The project also includes:

    • Relocating a spur track further south;
    • Improving the private crossing from Camino Capistrano to Saddleback Rancho Capistrano;
    • Raising approximately 600 feet of Camino Capistrano adjacent to the private rail crossing to improve access; and
    • Paving a small area adjacent to Camino Capistrano to accommodate two parking spots for maintenance personnel and train crews.

    Project Benefits

    Project benefits include safer, more reliable and efficient passenger service; congestion relief at the Laguna Niguel-Mission Viejo station; and enhanced operational efficiency of passenger services in the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor.

    Operations between the Irvine and Oceanside stations would be 4 to 6 percent more efficient over the current scheduled travel times. The passing siding track will reduce the amount of time that trains will spend holding for opposing trains, therefore, this proposed project will allow trains to move efficiently through this section of the LOSSAN rail corridor.

    Project Schedule

    Ongoing Construction Activities

    RETAINING WALLS

    Crews are constructing three retaining walls to provide support for the slope along the tracks. Work includes site clearing, shoring installation, setting precast panels and excavation, among other activities.

    TURNOUT

    Crews are expected to build a turnout in to allow trains to move from one track to another.

    DELIVERIES

    In October, contractors are expecting to receive deliveries for the majority of supplies for track and retaining wall work through the end of this month. Deliveries are expected to occur during the day, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this time, motorists may encounter occasional delays on Camino Capistrano to allow trucks to safely enter and exit through the temporary crossing south of the Rancho Capistrano private crossing. This crossing will be used as the primary access for deliveries. Directional signs were installed to help guide truck drivers. Flagmen will be posted near the temporary crossings to ensure safe movement for all vehicles passing by the area.

    WORK HOURS

    Construction activities are expected to occur during the day, from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Please be advised, this work may be loud. Dates and times are subject to change if there is inclement weather or unforeseen operational factors.


    TRACK IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED FOR ALL RAIL TRAFFIC

    The North County Transit District will suspend all passenger and freight rail service along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor due to a planned Absolute Work Window (AWW).

    AWWs are select weekends that allow crews to meet major construction milestones and work unimpeded while all rail services are halted.

    Upcoming AWWs:

    • 11:30 p.m., Friday Oct. 25 to 2:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 28

    Work schedules are subject to change. You can stay informed about train service updates by visiting GoNCTD.com, Amtrak.com, or metrolinktrains.com/myconnection.

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    Overview

    Project Overview

    The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in coordination with Metrolink and the cities of Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano, is adding 1.8 miles of new passing siding railroad track between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station and Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. The passing siding track will run adjacent to the existing track, connecting to it at each end, which will allow trains traveling in opposite directions to pass each other without stopping. The project will reduce delays, increase safety and provide more reliable rail service.


    Details

    Funding

    This $34.1 million project is funded by OC Go (formerly Measure M)Orange County’s half-cent sales tax to fund transportation investments, and state and federal funds.

    Work to be Completed

    The project adds 1.8 miles of new passing siding railroad track adjacent to the existing track between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station and Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. A passing siding track runs adjacent to an existing track, connecting to it at each end, allowing trains traveling in opposite directions to pass each other without stopping.

    The project also includes:

    • Relocating a spur track further south;
    • Improving the private crossing from Camino Capistrano to Saddleback Rancho Capistrano;
    • Raising approximately 600 feet of Camino Capistrano adjacent to the private rail crossing to improve access; and
    • Paving a small area adjacent to Camino Capistrano to accommodate two parking spots for maintenance personnel and train crews.

    Project Benefits

    Project benefits include safer, more reliable and efficient passenger service; congestion relief at the Laguna Niguel-Mission Viejo station; and enhanced operational efficiency of passenger services in the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor.

    Operations between the Irvine and Oceanside stations would be 4 to 6 percent more efficient over the current scheduled travel times. The passing siding track will reduce the amount of time that trains will spend holding for opposing trains, therefore, this proposed project will allow trains to move efficiently through this section of the LOSSAN rail corridor.

    Project Schedule

    Construction

    Ongoing Construction Activities

    RETAINING WALLS

    Crews are constructing three retaining walls to provide support for the slope along the tracks. Work includes site clearing, shoring installation, setting precast panels and excavation, among other activities.

    TURNOUT

    Crews are expected to build a turnout in to allow trains to move from one track to another.

    DELIVERIES

    In October, contractors are expecting to receive deliveries for the majority of supplies for track and retaining wall work through the end of this month. Deliveries are expected to occur during the day, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this time, motorists may encounter occasional delays on Camino Capistrano to allow trucks to safely enter and exit through the temporary crossing south of the Rancho Capistrano private crossing. This crossing will be used as the primary access for deliveries. Directional signs were installed to help guide truck drivers. Flagmen will be posted near the temporary crossings to ensure safe movement for all vehicles passing by the area.

    WORK HOURS

    Construction activities are expected to occur during the day, from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Please be advised, this work may be loud. Dates and times are subject to change if there is inclement weather or unforeseen operational factors.


    TRACK IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED FOR ALL RAIL TRAFFIC

    The North County Transit District will suspend all passenger and freight rail service along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor due to a planned Absolute Work Window (AWW).

    AWWs are select weekends that allow crews to meet major construction milestones and work unimpeded while all rail services are halted.

    Upcoming AWWs:

    • 11:30 p.m., Friday Oct. 25 to 2:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 28

    Work schedules are subject to change. You can stay informed about train service updates by visiting GoNCTD.com, Amtrak.com, or metrolinktrains.com/myconnection.

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