What the Los Angeles-San Diego Rail Corridor Needs To Really Take Off


By Noel T. Braymer

The original LOSSAN Rail Corridor (Los Angeles to San Diego) has come a long way since the State of California in the mid 1970’s started paying Amtrak to add more trains to the 3 round trips it was already running. Back then most of the LOSSAN corridor was single track. Most of the tracks dated to World War II which were on wooden ties with bolted rail. The trains had to be wyed to reverse directions which required miles of non-revenue travel in San Diego and a slow back up move out of Los Angeles Union Station. Today most of the line is doubled tracked with more planned in the future. Today the corridor has more trains beside Amtrak’s. Many Metrolink trains operate between Los Angeles and Oceanside with more Coaster trains between Oceanside and San Diego. Even more trains are planned in the near future.

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