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OCTA Encourages Public to Join Listening Sessions on Coastal Rail Resiliency

Sessions are planned online this month and in person next month to explore solutions for protecting the rail line through South County from erosion and landslides

ORANGE – OCTA is seeking additional public input on a study to find solutions for protecting the rail line and preventing additional emergencies along the coast in San Clemente.

Two public meetings are scheduled – one virtually and the second in person – to gather feedback on the Coastal Rail Resiliency Study and an initial assessment that identified sites along the coastal rail line recommended for monitoring and reinforcement.

The goal is to ensure that rail traffic can continue moving without additional interruptions along this vital rail connection that links San Diego County passenger and freight traffic to Orange County and areas farther north.

The two listening sessions with the public are planned for:

  • April 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., a virtual public meeting via Zoom will be held to get public input
  • May 30, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., an in-person meeting will be held at San Clemente City Hall, 910 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA 92673
  • To register to attend either meeting and receive updates, please visit:

The OCTA-led Coastal Rail Resiliency Study aims to evaluate and implement strategies to protect the railway in the vulnerable 7-mile stretch between Dana Point and the San Diego County Line, and keep rail traffic moving through the area for up to the next 30 years, while longer-term solutions are explored.

The rail line through this stretch of the coast is sandwiched between privately owned hillsides prone to failure and an eroding beach with rising tides. The immediate goal is to address the areas identified in need of protection as soon as possible before the next storm season arrives.

Because California continues to grapple with the increasing prevalence of storm-related damage to its transportation infrastructure, including rail, freeways and roads, OCTA recognizes the importance of adaptive strategies to maintain safe and efficient transportation.

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