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

The train tracks between Oceanside and San Diego are closed this weekend for Maintenance and Amtrak and Coaster service is suspended.

The San Diego coastal rail corridor was shut down just after midnight and will remain closed until Monday morning for construction and maintenance of the railway, North County Transit District Spokeswoman Kimy Wall said.

During the closure along the coastal corridor, no passenger rail service will be available. However, other vehicles and equipment will operate along the railroad right-of-way and on the rail at non-specified times.

Residents along the corridor should remain alert at legal crossings, and not trespass on the railroad right-of-way, Wall said.

The weekend closure for passenger rail service does not change NCTD’s obligation under state and federal law to maintain the safety and security of the railroad right-of-way. Any individuals or groups who trespass on the right-of-way, including crossing the tracks illegally, walking along or near the tracks, or being on NCTD property, will be subject to arrest, citation, and/or removal from the property, Wall said.

Protecting the right-of-way is necessary for the safety of the public and the railroad. NCTD encouraged all residents and visitors to help in these efforts by crossing the tracks at legal crossings and by staying off of the right-of-way.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.