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SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz

LOSSAN Rail Agency announced on Monday that The Pacific Surfliner Amtrak route will transition to the agency, which began on Wednesday following the signing of an interagency transfer agreement with the state of California on Monday.

“Right now the Surfliner trains make four stops at the (San Clemente) Pier,” LOSSAN Deputy Director Michael Litschi said. “This is a very popular destination, So the idea is really to be more responsive to local needs on the Surfliner service and have some better coordination between the trains.”

The agreement went into effect Wednesday.

On the LOSSAN Board of Directors the Orange County Transportation Authority has two representatives.

On Tuesday LOSSAN announced it had received $1.65 million from the California State Transportation Agency for a one-year “pilot program” for the Surfliner bus and rail services.

Passengers will be provided with more information in the next few months on some of the improvements LOSSAN representatives said they intend to bring to the trains.

“In terms of what passengers will see in the coming months, we think they’ll see improved onboard services and more direct communication for opportunities for direct communication for those managing Pacific Surfliner,” Litschi said.

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