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Rail Service To Shut Down In North County Coastline Through Weekend

Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press
In this May 13, 2013, file photo one of the new Amtrak Cities Sprinter Locomotive makes a demonstration run during unveiling ceremonies at the Siemens Rails Systems factory in Sacramento, Calif.

Work on tracks in Encinitas will shut down rail service along the North County coastline this weekend, according to the San Diego Association of Governments and North County Transit District.

SANDAG said the crews will install new drainage culverts within the railroad right-of-way just north of Chesterfield Drive from 12:30 a.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Monday. They will also work on bridge support columns.

As a result, Amtrak trains will not come farther south than Oceanside beginning tonight. Alternate bus connections will be provided, according to Amtrak.

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Details are available at amtrak.com.

The NCTD's Coaster train will be suspended over the weekend. The agency said passengers can ride the Route 101 bus or catch a Metropolitan Transit System bus.

Schedule information is available atgonctd.com or sdmts.com.

Metrolink trains, which normally terminate in Oceanside, will not be affected.

Rail service will resume for the Monday morning commute, though some trains could run as much as 15 minutes late.

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Other types of trains could use the rails over the weekend, so residents are reminded to remain careful while crossing tracks.

Service is also scheduled to be interrupted on the weekend of Oct. 20-22.