Travel Advisory - Resumption of VIA's normal Chaleur Service Delayed until September 10



    MONTREAL, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada has been advised by the Société
du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie that work to replace a rail bridge that had
been washed out near Pointe à la Croix, Québec (near Matapédia) has been
delayed by one week. Regular VIA service on the Chaleur between Matapédia and
Gaspé is now expected to resume on September 10.
    Since the washout occurred on August 5th, VIA has been arranging
alternate transportation for its customers between Matapédia and Gaspé, in
both directions.
    VIA will continue to arrange for alternate transportation for its
customers between Matapédia and Gaspé, in both directions.
    Sleeping car ticket sales for travel between Matapédia and Gaspé have
also been suspended until normal service can resume.
    Consequently, VIA will not be able to accept bicycles or pets for any
stations between Matapédia and Gaspé.
    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; Malcolm Andrews, (514) 871-6604


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