OCTA, in partnership with Caltrans, is conducting a study about how extreme weather affects the Orange County rail corridor.
The Rail Infrastructure Defense Against Climate Change study will identify challenges and opportunities to improve service, operations, and infrastructure to better withstand severe weather conditions. The study also will provide recommendations on how to improve amenities at 12 rail stations to help protect passengers against weather.
This study area is the approximate 25-mile section of railway from Jeffrey Road in Irvine to the Orange/San Diego county border. It will also include evaluation of all 12 Metrolink stations in Orange County. Prior to reduced ridership as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rail corridor in Orange County served about 40,000 passengers per day, along with freight traffic.