Northlander Passenger Train To Operate on Saturday, October 6, 2007



    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Ontario Northland announced today that its
Northlander passenger train will operate this Saturday, October 6, 2007. The
Northlander travels between Cochrane and Toronto, Ontario, and provides
service to many communities along the Highway 11 corridor.
    "We recognize the inconvenience being experienced by many of our
customers, as the result of our current labour disruption with our motor coach
operators. We are hopeful that we will be able to reach a resolution quickly,
however, with the busy long weekend ahead, we are adding a special Saturday
Northlander train in order to provide transportation solutions to as many of
our passengers as possible," said Beverly Martin, Chief Communications Officer
with Ontario Northland.
    The special Saturday, October 6, 2007 train will follow the Northlander's
regular schedule:

    
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    Southbound                           Northbound
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    Cochrane       8:00 a.m.             Toronto (Union
                                          Station)        8:40 a.m.
    Matheson       8:55 a.m.             Washago          10:25 a.m.
    Swastika       9:40 a.m.             Gravenhurst      10:50 a.m.
    Englehart      10:20 a.m.            Bracebridge      11:05 a.m.
    New Liskeard   10:50 a.m.            Huntsville       11:40 a.m.
    Cobalt         11:05 a.m.            South River      12:35 p.m.
    Temagami       11:50 a.m.            North Bay        1:50 p.m. arrival
                                                          2:05 p.m. departure
    North Bay      1:25 p.m. arrival     Temagami         3:35 p.m.
                   1:35 p.m. departure
    South River    2:40 p.m.             Cobalt           4:20 p.m.
    Huntsville     3:30 p.m.             New Liskeard     4:35 p.m.
    Bracebridge    3:55 p.m.             Englehart        5:05 p.m.
    Gravenhurst    4:10 p.m.             Swastika         5:45 p.m.
    Washago        4:30 p.m.             Matheson         6:30 p.m.
    Toronto (Union
     Station)      6:30 p.m.             Cochrane         7:25 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    Ontario Northland motor coach tickets will be honoured for travel on the
Northlander. Passengers should note, however, that the Northlander is not a
reserved service and seating is limited; for this reason, it is recommended
that passengers arrive well in advance of departure times to ensure themselves
a seat.
    Passengers are also reminded that, unfortunately, shuttle services
connecting to the Northlander are also temporarily suspended as a result of
the labour disruption.

    Northlander Information

    For more information about the Northlander, please visit our web site,
www.ontarionorthland.ca or, contact us at 1.800.461.8558.

    Background

    Ontario Northland announced on Saturday, September 29, 2007, that all of
its passenger motor coach and bus parcel express services were being
temporarily suspended due to a labour disruption by motor coach operators
represented by Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.
    The territory affected by the disruption includes all Ontario Northland
motor coach routes between Hearst and Toronto, along both the Highway 11
corridor through North Bay and the Highway 144/69 corridor through Sudbury.
    In addition, shuttle services connecting to the Northlander and Polar
Bear Express passenger trains have also been suspended. The Northlander and
Polar Bear Express trains themselves will continue to operate according to
their regular schedules.
    Passengers scheduled to travel through or within the affected area may
hold their tickets for future travel or return them to any Ontario Northland
station or agency for a full refund on the unused portion, without penalty. In
addition, passengers traveling along the Highway 11 corridor may redeem their
motor coach tickets for travel on Ontario Northland's Northlander passenger
train.





For further information:

For further information: MEDIA INQUIRIES, Beverly Martin, Chief
Communications Officer, (705) 472-4500 or 1-800-363-7512, ext. 265, cell:
(705) 845-8884

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