Public Service Announcement - National Day of Action Blockages Proposed for Rail and Highway


    - VIA Rail Suspends Service Friday, June 29th, between Montréal-Toronto
    and Ottawa-Toronto -

    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise customers that
in light of the highly anticipated blockages of rail and highway lands, that
could be taken as part of the National Day of Action, it has decided to
suspend all services and ticket sales for trains on the following routes
tomorrow, Friday, June 29th:

    Toronto-Montréal
    Toronto-Ottawa

    Additionally, due to the uncertainty of the situation and anticipated
location of a blockage, VIA's late evening and early morning trains between
Toronto and Kingston have also been affected as follows:

    Train 650 - Toronto to Kingston departing June 28 at 10 p.m. - Replaced
    by bus
    Train 651 - Kingston to Toronto departing June 29 at 05:25 a.m. -
    Cancelled.

    As well, passengers arriving in Montréal on June 29th on board VIA train
No.15 from Halifax with connections to Ontario (Cornwall, Brockville,
Kingston, Belleville, Toronto) will be accommodated by chartered motor coach.
    VIA will offer a full refund to anyone wishing to return tickets already
purchased, and will waive any fees involved in changing tickets. VIA
anticipates returning to full service on the above routes on Saturday, June
30th, and will make every effort to accommodate additional passengers.
    "VIA's priority is to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers and
crew," said Steve Del Bosco, Chief Customer Officer. "While we recognize the
impact this may have on individual travel plans, the decision was taken after
careful consideration of the uncertainty of the situation and the potential
risks involved in attempting to operate under such unpredictable conditions."
    VIA sincerely regrets any inconvenience this disruption may cause to its
passengers. VIA anticipates call volume will be high at its call centers.
Passengers are encouraged to visit VIA's website viarail.ca which will be
updated on a regular basis. Customers holding tickets for these trains or
wishing further information may visit viarail.ca or call 888-VIA RAIL
(842-7245).




For further information: VIA contacts: Malcolm Andrews - Montreal, (514)
871-6604; Catherine Kaloutsky - Toronto, (416) 956-7683