Ottawa-Québec City service will resume — VIA RAIL

James Marshall
February 19, 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.

Nearly all other Via Rail services remain cancelled with the exception of Sudbury-White River and Churchill-The Pas, until further notice.

Protesters have been blocking the tracks on Tyendinaga territory, near Belleville, Ont., since then in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in northern B.C. where the Coastal Gas Link pipeline is being contested.

"Only those trains that serve full trips between Quebec City and Ottawa will resume service", the independent Crown Corporation stated early on Tuesday after receiving approval from Canadian National Railway (CN).

The passenger rail carrier announced last week it would be suspending service indefinitely across the country because of anti-pipeline blockades on lines in Ontario and British Columbia.

As of Tuesday, a total of 532 trains have been cancelled because of the blockades and more than 103,000 passengers have been affected, VIA said in a statement.

"To allow for a smooth transition, all current reservations on those segments will be protected", confirmed Marie-Anna Murat, VIA Rail director of communications.

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