Travel Advisory - Bridge Repair Work Further Delays Resumption of VIA's normal Chaleur/Ocean Services



    MONTREAL, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada has been advised by the
Matapédia and Gulf Railway that work to replace two bridges damaged by a
wash-out near Pointe à la Croix, Québec (near Matapédia) and a derailment near
Causapscal, Québec, is taking longer than initially expected. It is now
estimated that this repair work will be completed by September 16th. Regular
VIA service on the Chaleur and Ocean is not expected to resume before
September 17.
    As a result of the two sections of track under repair along the Montréal
to Gaspé route, VIA has replaced chartered busses for its Chaleur service, in
both directions.
    Regarding VIA's Ocean service between Montréal and Halifax, VIA is
arranging alternate transportation for customers holding tickets over the
portions of the route where its trains are unable to operate, in both
directions.
    Consequently, until normal services resume VIA will not be able to accept
bicycles or pets on the Ocean or the Chaleur trains
    The Chaleur operates from Montréal to Gaspé every Wednesday, Friday and
Sunday and from Gaspé to Montréal every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
    VIA wishes to apologize for any inconvenience caused by this disruption.
Customers wishing further information may visit viarail.ca or call  1 888-VIA
RAIL (842-7245) or TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).
    Further updates will be issued as required.





For further information:

For further information: VIA Media contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, (416)
956-7683


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