VIA to resume some trains on Thursday

Darnell Taylor
February 27, 2020

Via Rail has announced a partial resumption of train traffic on the corridor between Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City Thursday morning but nearly all of its other service remains cancelled, including trips from the capital to Toronto halted by a blockade in the Belleville area.

Additionally, there will be a partial resumption of service for trains running between Quebec City-Montreal-Ottawa.

In a statement Tuesday morning, VIA said that only trains that serve full trips between Québec City and Ottawa will resume service.

According to Via Rail, in order to ensure a smooth transition, all current reservations on those trains will be protected.

Since the RCMP moved in to enforce an injunction and keep the hereditary chiefs and their supporters away from the pipeline worksites, protests by Indigenous people and supporters have shut down the CN rail network in eastern Canada, suspended Via Rail passenger service, and temporarily blocked traffic on streets and bridges and at ports in multiple cities.

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"Beginning Thursday morning, February 20, all trains running between Toronto-London-Windsor, Toronto-Sarnia and Toronto-Niagara will resume service".

Passengers holding a ticket for which the first trip's scheduled departure has not yet passed and is no later than Monday, February 24, have the option of autonomously canceling online for a full refund with no service charges, even if additional segments fall after February 24. More than 103 000 passengers have been affected.

Via Rail has had to cancel 532 trains as of Tuesday because of the disruption, which began earlier this month. "We thank our passengers for their continued patience and understanding".

The blockades are in support of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, and in opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

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