Travel Advisory - VIA's Chaleur Service Set to Resume on September 21



    Ocean Service Now Back to Normal

    MONTREAL, Sept. 17 /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) is
nearing completion. As a result, regular thru-service on VIA's Chaleur from
Montréal to Gaspé is expected to resume on Sunday, September 21.
    Regular service on VIA's Chaleur between Montréal and Matapédia will
resume on Wednesday, September 17. Alternate transportation for passengers
travelling between Matapédia and Gaspé in both directions has been arranged
from Wednesday, September 17 to Saturday, September 20.
    Regular service on VIA's Ocean, which was rerouted via Edmundston for the
past couple of weeks, resumed earlier this week following the completion of
repairs to another bridge, this one near Causapscal.
    The Chaleur operates from Montréal to Gaspé every Wednesday, Friday and
Sunday and from Gaspé to Montréal every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The
Ocean operates between Montréal and Halifax in both directions, daily except
Tuesday.
    VIA anticipates that these trains will continue to experience delays,
occasionally significant, as track repairs and upgrades continue over the
coming weeks. This may occasionally affect passengers transferring to/from
other VIA trains. VIA undertakes to do everything possible to minimize any
inconvenience to its customers.
    Customers wishing further information may visit viarail.ca or call
1 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245) or TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).





For further information:

For further information: VIA Media contacts: Ashley Doyle, (416)
956-7613; Malcolm Andrews, (514) 871-6604


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