Most VIA Rail trains resume normal service

VIA Rail Canada announces that as of Saturday, March 7, most of its trains will resume service on their normal schedule. As of this Saturday, all services between Toronto-Montréal and Toronto-Ottawa will be offered, with the exception of trains 45 and 655, which will be resuming the day after on Sunday, March 8.

Furthermore, VIA Rail confirms that the Canadian, which resumed operations with a first departure on March 4, is now back to its full and normal schedule. VIA Rail service on the Prince-Rupert – Prince-George – Jasper route remains suspended at this time as we continue to work with the infrastructure owner, Canadian National, on a resumption timeline. As a result, VIA Rail will continue to call back the vast majority of the 1000 employees affected by the temporary suspensions announced on February 19.

All current reservations on those segments will be protected. As VIA Rail resumes  operations, services may take some time to get back to normal. VIA Rail may experience trip delays and late departure times (passengers are encouraged to visit the VIA Rail website before they depart),  seat availabilities may be limited, and the wait time to speak with an agent on the phone might be longer than usual.

VIA Rail remains committed to offer peace of mind to its travellers. As it returns to normal operations, travellers will be able to cancel or modify their reservation at any time prior to departure during the month of March without incurring any service fees. This includes all travel up to and including March 31, 2020 and any travel after March 31, 2020 if their outbound train is on or before March 31, 2020.

—via Press Release

This article was posted on: March 4, 2020