A First Nations' Railroad Blockade in Marysville Forces VIA Rail to Stop Trains on the Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa routes

MONTREAL, Jan. 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - A First Nations' railroad blockade in the Marysville area near Kingston affects the transportation of passengers aboard VIA Rail trains between Toronto/Montreal and Toronto/Ottawa in both directions. There is no definitive timeline when the blockade will be lifted. Some delays can be expected

VIA Rail's foremost priority is to ensure that our customers reach their destinations as comfortably and safely as possible. Passengers with itineraries passing through the site of the blockade will be accommodated with bus transportation.

VIA Rail wishes to apologize for any inconvenience this disruption may cause to its passengers. For customers wishing to cancel or change their date of travel at no additional charge, or who need any further information may do so by calling 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245) or 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired) to speak with an agent.

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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.

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