CN freight derailment continues to disrupt VIA service between Toronto and Oshawa



    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - Due to a CN freight train derailment at
Pickering, Ontario, yesterday, VIA Rail Canada is transporting passengers
already holding tickets by motor coach between Toronto and Oshawa, in both
directions, until the line is reopened to rail traffic (expected to reopen
this afternoon). This affects all trains operating on the Montreal-Toronto and
Ottawa-Toronto routes.
    As a result of this disruption, VIA has also had to temporarily suspend
new ticket sales on all trains for travel over the portion of track that is
currently closed (Toronto-Oshawa-Toronto). Other public transportation
alternatives between Toronto and Oshawa are available for passengers wishing
to buy VIA tickets to or from Oshawa only (e.g. Oshawa to Ottawa, Montreal to
Oshawa).
    All other VIA routes in the VIA Windsor-Québec City corridor are
operating with only minor delays despite major storm that has now hit Québec.
    VIA wishes to apologize for any inconvenience and for the expected delays
this disruption may cause to its passengers. Customers wishing further
information may call 1 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245).
    VIA will issue an update as new information becomes available.




For further information:

For further information: Catherine Kaloutsky, VIA Corporate
Communications, (647) 228-1127, Seychelle Harding, VIA Corporate
Communications, (514) 871-6119


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