Railroad Blockade in the Marysville Area - VIA Rail services are gradually resuming to normal

MONTREAL, March 8, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail (www.viarail.ca) wishes to advise customers that all services will gradually return to normal on the Toronto - Montréal and Toronto - Ottawa routes.

Earlier today a railroad blockade in the area of Marysville, Ontario, caused four trains to stop in Belleville or Kingston, and precluded three other trains to operate. A few thousand passengers were affected as a result. Some delays are to be expected for passengers travelling today.

As of now, VIA Rail does not anticipate any significant delays to its operations tomorrow as a result of today'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, visit www.viarail.ca or follow us on Twitter @VIA rail and on Facebook.

About VIA Rail Canada

As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500-kilometre route network. Recipient of the Railway Association of Canada's Safety Award in 2012 for the 11th time in 12 years, and of the 2013 Agent's Choice Award voted by Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media, VIA Rail safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested more than a billion dollars in VIA Rail. Follow the evolution of current projects at viarail.ca/TransformerVIA.

SOURCE VIA Rail Canada Inc.

For further information:

VIA Rail Media contact:
Mylène Bélanger
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
514 871-6137 | 1 877 393-8787
mylene_belanger@viarail.ca