Little-known agency keeps rail network on track

January 27, 2015

The 351-mile rail corridor that runs along the coast between San Diego, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo is the second-busiest intercity route in the nation.

Its annual passenger load of 7.4 million is surpassed only by that of the northeast corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., which handles more than 11.4 million a year.

But keeping thosetrains running on time — and safely, as they occasionally share tracks with freight traffic — is a constant challenge. The job has fallen to a little-known regional authority… [with a] primary focus on Metrolink, which serves six Southern California counties; Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, which runs from San Diego to San Luis Obispo; and the Coaster, a 60-mile commuter line between Oceanside and downtown San Diego…

Read the rest of the story in the Los Angeles Times, 27 January 2015.

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