Travel Advisory - VIA Rail reaching out to residents of Fort McMurray - Residents in need can book complimentary seats on trains departing from Edmonton - UPDATE

MONTRÉAL, May 9, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - In order to help those affected by the fires in Fort McMurray, VIA Rail is offering complimentary travel on both eastbound and westbound trains departing from Edmonton, beginning today. Passengers in need may book travel through to their final destination, including connections to other trains.

Reservations can be made on the following trains:

Train #1, westbound out of Edmonton, departs on the following dates: May 10, 13 and 15.

Train #2 eastbound out of Edmonton departs on the following dates: May 9, 11 and 14.

At this time, seats can be reserved by residents affected on a first come first served basis. Pets will be accommodated, according to availability. All seats in Economy class will be complimentary. Those wishing to travel in Sleeper Plus class will receive a 60% discount on the best available fare (excluding Prestige class).

Fort McMurray residents wishing to make train reservations may do so by calling 1-877-747-0707.

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As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail ( and its 2,600 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years. For more information, visit:

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For further information: Mylene Belanger, Advisor, Public Relations, VIA Rail Canada, 1 877 393-8787,


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