U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined local elected and transit agency officials for a 30-minute train ride Tuesday that took them over the eroding coastal bluffs in Del Mar.

Mayors, civil engineers and others each got a few minutes during the ride to talk to the transportation secretary about the importance of safeguarding and eventually rerouting the tracks, which are threatened by rising sea levels in several places along the 350-mile LOSSAN corridor from San Diego to San Luis Obispo.

A new urgency emerged Sept. 30, when Metrolink and Amtrak both suspended passenger service between San Diego and Orange counties after the tracks shifted again on an old landslide near San Clemente just north of Camp Pendleton. Repairs are underway, but passenger service between San Diego and Orange counties is expected to remain unavailable through at least mid-December.

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