February 21, 2024
An Amtrak Pacific Surfliner at a road crossing in Del Mar. Courtesy of the LOSSAN company

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed laws by Sen. Catherine Blakespear to require an evaluation of the results of local weather change on regional rail.

SB 677 directs the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Hall to incorporate the evaluation within the annual marketing strategy that outlines the company’s main targets and targets.

The examine should determine tasks to extend local weather resiliency for LOSSAN, which oversees the hall in coordination with rail house owners, operators and regional planning companies. Funding choices additionally have to be explored.

“I thank Gov. Newsom for signing SB 677 and making certain that the LOSSAN Rail Hall Company is responding to, and planning for, the challenges created by local weather change,” Blakespear,  D-Encinitas, stated.

LOSSAN rail
The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is among the providers that runs alongside the LOSSAN hall from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. Photograph credit score: octa.web/

Blakespear is chair of the Senate Transportation Subcommittee on LOSSAN Rail Hall Resiliency. The committee, which has held two hearings, with a 3rd scheduled for November, was established earlier this yr to examine find out how to enhance infrastructure and repair alongside the 351-mile rail line.

The road serves six counties – together with San Diego – in central and Southern California with a complete inhabitants of roughly 20 million folks. It contains Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service and is essential to the motion of freight and passengers by way of the area.

The road is also the second busiest intercity passenger rail hall within the U.S.

Over the previous yr, the hall was closed to passenger service by way of San Clemente on a number of events attributable to hillside erosion that jeopardized stability and security on the tracks. Full service resumed in July.