MONTREAL, Aug. 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada (viarail.ca) announced that as a result of Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie (SCFG)'s rail infrastructure problems, service between Matapédia, New Carlisle
and Gaspé will be suspended. SCFG has not yet confirmed when the
necessary upgrades will be completed. Until such time, in order to
ensure the safety of passengers, VIA Rail will cease selling tickets
for service between Matapédia, New Carlisle and Gaspé and remove the
temporary bus service after September 17.
"This decision follows Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie's announcement to suspend traffic due to rail corrosion and malfunctioning crossing
signals", explained Marc Laliberté, President and CEO of VIA Rail
Canada. VIA Rail trains will only run between Montréal and Matapédia
until SCFG has completed the necessary work.
Ticket holders for travel on Montréal-Gaspé trains after September 17
will have two options: obtain a full refund, or modify their
reservation (under the applicable fare plan conditions) for travel to
or from Matapédia. For assistance, please contact our sales office at
1-888 VIA RAIL (1-888-842-7245) to modify your booking.
Ticketing service for municipalities served by VIA Rail will resume as
soon as it receives the assurance that safety standards are met once
again on the tracks to these destinations.
VIA Rail thanks you for your understanding, and apologizes for any
inconvenience that may be caused by the suspension of service. We will
communicate any further developments in a timely manner.
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate
is to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation
service, in both official languages of our country. VIA operates
intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities
across its 12,500-kilometre route network. Recipient of the Railway
Association of Canada's Safety Award in 2011 for the 11th time in 12 years, and of the 2013 Agent's Choice Award voted by
Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media, VIA safely
transports nearly four million passengers annually. Since 2007, the
Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail.
Follow the progress of our transformation at viarail.ca/transformingVIA.
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SOURCE: VIA Rail Canada Inc.
For further information:
Jacques C. Gagnon
Senior Manager Media and Community Relations
VIA Rail Canada
514 871-6604 | 1 877 393-8787
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