Public Service Announcement - CN derailment disrupts VIA service between Montreal/Ottawa and Toronto



    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ - Due to a 32-car Canadian National freight train
derailment east of Kingston, Ontario, this morning, VIA Rail Canada is
replacing its regular train service with motor coach between Toronto and
Montreal/Ottawa, in both directions, until the line is reopened to rail
traffic. This affects all trains operating on the Montreal-Toronto and
Ottawa-Toronto routes for today and Tuesday morning.
    As a result, VIA wishes to advise passengers that it anticipates delays
of approximately two hours in total trip time for passengers travelling along
these routes.
    Line clearance is not expected until the afternoon of Tuesday, March 13,
2007.
    Due to the proximity of the derailment to VIA's station, as a precaution,
Kingston Fire Department have closed access to the Kingston station at
Princess/Counter streets. VIA is currently working on alternate arrangements
for passengers departing/arriving at this location.
    As a result of this disruption, VIA has also had to temporarily suspend
new ticket sales on all trains on the affected routes.
    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: VIA contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, VIA
Corporate Communications, (647) 228-1127; Seychelle Harding, VIA Corporate
Communications, (514) 871-6119


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