Blockade at Marysville, Ontario Affects VIA Trains Enroute to Toronto from Ottawa and Montréal

    -   VIA Arranging Alternate Transportation For Affected Passengers -
    -   Services suspended on all trains on Montréal-Toronto and Ottawa-
        Toronto routes Friday - Other VIA routes not affected -

    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - Due to the closure of CN's Montréal-Toronto rail
line as a result of a blockage at Marysville, Ontario (about 15 km east of
Belleville), all VIA services between Montréal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto have
been suspended.
    All other VIA train services are expected to operate on their normal
    VIA was informed at 9:00 p.m. of the erection of this blockade, some
three hours prior to the start of the National Day of Action. Affected are VIA
train 69 enroute from Montréal to Toronto, and trains 47 and 49 enroute from
Ottawa to Toronto. VIA is currently arranging for alternate transportation for
over 400 affected passengers.
    VIA is unfortunately unable to provide alternate transportation for any
other of the other train services that will be affected tomorrow.
    VIA will offer a full refund for those passengers holding tickets on
trains affected by this disruption in service, and will waive any fees
involved for passengers who wish to change their travel plans and travel at a
later date.
    VIA anticipates returning to full service on the above routes on
Saturday, June 30th, and will make every effort to accommodate additional
    VIA sincerely regrets any inconvenience this disruption may cause to its
passengers. Call volume has been high at its call centers. Passengers are
encouraged to visit VIA's website which will be updated on a
regular basis. Customers holding tickets for these trains or wishing further
information may visit or call 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245).
    VIA will issue updates as more information becomes available.

For further information:

For further information: Malcolm Andrews, (514) 871-6604, (514) 946-4160
(Cell); Catherine Kaloutsky, (416) 956-7683, (647) 228-1127 (Cell)

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