A North County Transit District Coaster train heading north from Torrey Pines State Beach. Courtesy NCTD

The North County Transit District announced Friday that it will temporarily suspend rail service south of the Solana Beach station to repair a section of track washed out by this week’s heavy rains.

Coaster, Amtrak and BNSF trains can currently traverse the section of track, located along the Del Mar bluffs south of 15th Street, at reduced speeds. However, NCTD officials planned to halt rail traffic at 6 a.m. Saturday to fix the washed-out section. The agency will also monitor traffic along the section until repairs are complete.

The repairs for the washout will require excavating, setting new steel plates in place, and filling with concrete slurry

“NCTD is committed to acting proactively to ensure that passenger and freight operations can be safely operated,” said Matthew Tucker, executive director of the agency. “NCTD and the San Diego Association of Governments are advancing phased improvements to make the bluffs more resilient and prevent service impacts like this washout.”

A bus bridge will shuttle Coaster passengers between Solana Beach and Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego until the track is stable for normal rail traffic.

Amtrak is providing a bus connection between Oceanside and downtown San Diego. Residents can visit pacificsurfliner.com or call 800-872-7245 for more information on the Amtrak service changes.

Regular Coaster and Amtrak service along the rail corridor is scheduled to resume on Sunday.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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