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Old 03-10-22, 11:32 AM
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OC-SD Amtrak/Metrolink closure

Hi all, I got this in my email from Metrolink but it affects Amtrak as well. If you are planning a oneway ride to SD or OC, you might have to alter plans...

"...on Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13 and again on Saturday and Sunday March 26-27, Metrolink trains will not operate between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and Oceanside stations. This is due to right-of-way work needed to ensure the safety and reliability of our system.

On these two weekends, Orange County Line trains will only operate between Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and Los Angeles, while Inland Empire-Orange County Line trains will only operate between Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and San Bernardino."
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thanks for the heads up. also a reminder to get my camp pendleton pass renewed. pretty sure it expires in a week or so. being caught out on the weekend trainwise wouldn’t be fun.
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I have been meaning to try a train and ride trip, and I have a question: does Metrolink and Amtrak allow you to stay with your bike on the bottom level?
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been a while since i've been on metrolink (before 2018) but it used to be sit with/near the bike. have only taken the amtrak between dtown san diego
and dtown la (in both directions). bike storage car is always on the northern end of the train. amtrak only allows for 5 bicycles on the route so you
have to declare the bike (no extra charge) when you purchase the ticket on their app or on their website. bike storage car is split between bike storage.
approximately 5 seats and a bathroom. you can sit with the bike but the seats are priority disabled/handicapped. if you don't fit into that category, those seats fill up
and the conductor needs the seat for someone that does, you will be asked to move.

having taken the amtrak train only on mon/tues maybe 30 times between dtown sd and dtown la (and vice versa), these are my amtrak observations:

always taking north from san diego towards la (either at 4am or 6am), train significantly starts filling up at the irvine station which is approx an hour's train ride to union station dtown la.
fullerton station (last stop before union station) always seems to be the busiest with the most passengers coming on board.

heading from union station south to san diego in the afternoon (after 3pm), train tends to be full at union station with lines that form up well in advance of departure. by the time you secure your bike,
good chance it'll be tough to find a seat. pandemic spacing/fewer ticket sales has mellowed it out a little bit but not much. stays crowded until irvine. sometimes i take the train up to la and ride around la
and orange county. sometimes orange/riverside counties. sometimes from la/orange county back to oceanside or san diego. i don't take the amtrak back to san diego from the dtown union station, fullerton,
anaheim or santa ana stations in the afternoon anymore tho. too much of a crowd/hassle. if training back to san diego, the farthest station north i'll pick up amtrak is in irvine unless emergency.

toughest station to ride to/from is-no surprise-union station dtown la. the others: fullerton, anaheim, santa ana, irvine, san juan capistrano, oceanside, solana beach, old town san diego and dtown san diego
are all relatively easy and have decent cycling corridors (or bike paths) to move you quickly to/from.

amtrak has a snack/beverage car bottom level in the middle of the train. may be worth your time.

if traveling with a bike and you haven't bought the ticket by the time the amtrak train rolls up, good chance they won't let you board and purchase it online/off the app while checking others in. don't ask me how i know.

trains definitely come in handy for those one-way rides, the occasional just-don't-have-it day or that dreaded bike component failure day.

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