Railroad Blockade in the Marysville Area - Situation back to normal

MONTREAL, Jan. 16, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail wishes to advise customers that following the clearance of the railway tracks in the area of Marysville, Ontario, all services have returned to normal on the Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto routes.

Earlier this evening a railroad blockade caused 10 trains to stop travelling in Belleville or Kingston. More than 850 passengers were impacted as a result. Delays of two hours or less are to be expected for passengers travelling this evening.

VIA does not anticipate any significant delays to its operations tomorrow as a result of tonight's events.

VIA Rail wishes to apologize for any inconvenience this situation has cause to its passengers. Customers wishing further information may call 1 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245). For updated information, follow us on Twitter @VIA rail and on Facebook.

About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's (www.viarail.ca) mandate is to provide safe, efficient, cost-effective passenger transportation in the country's two official languages. VIA operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500-kilometer route network. Recipient of the RAC's Safety Award in 2012 for the 11th time in 12 years, and of the 2012 Agent's Choice Award voted on by Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media, VIA safely transports over four million passengers annually. Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided VIA Rail with nearly one billion dollars in capital investment funding. Follow the evolution of current projects at viarail.ca/TransformerVIA.

SOURCE: VIA RAIL CANADA INC.

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