Public Service Announcement - VIA Rail Reroutes Trains Following CN Rail Accident near Burlington - Delays expected in South-Western Ontario



    TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada has taken a number of
measures to assist passengers following a rail accident involving a CN freight
train earlier this morning near Burlington.
    CN's main rail line is blocked at the accident site until further notice,
creating congestion on the rest of the network. Therefore, delays are expected
throughout south-western Ontario.

    Toronto - Niagara Falls

    Affected stations are Oakville, Aldershot, Grimsby, St. Catharines and
Niagara Falls. All trains replaced by bus service in both directions.

    Toronto - London - Windsor

    Between Toronto and London, these trains will detour via Kitchener,
adding some 50 minutes to the trip time in both directions. At the stations on
the portion of the rail line that is out of service (Oakville, Aldershot,
Brantford, Woodstock, Ingersoll): bus service to either Toronto or London.
    VIA has been informed by CN that the rail line should be reopened by late
tonight. Hence, VIA expects that all trains in south-western Ontario will be
back on their normal schedule Tuesday morning.
    For more information on train departures and arrivals, or to book a trip,
customers can visit VIA's secure Web site at viarail.ca. Passengers also can
book their tickets by calling 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245), TTY 1 800
268-9503 (hearing impaired). Tickets are also available at kiosks in major
Corridor stations or through their travel agent.




For further information:

For further information: VIA contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate
Communications, (647) 228-1127; Martin Roy, Corporate Communications, (514)
871-6119


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