Public Service Announcement - VIA Rail's Vancouver Island Services Unchanged Following Nanaimo Station Fire

    August 30, 2007 noon (PST)

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada wishes to assure customers
that its Malahat service between Victoria and Courtenay remain unchanged
following a fire at the Nanaimo station.
    VIA's first priority remains the comfort and safety of its passengers and
as such, VIA's current focus is on securing a location for passengers using
this service to entrain and detrain in Nanaimo.
    To that end, VIA has been working with the city of Nanaimo to set up a
temporary location. Until further notice, passengers will be entrained and
detrained at 336 Prideaux St. Access to this site is through the City of
Nanaimo parking lot (next to RCMP station and bus depot). An area to be used
by VIA passengers has been identified.
    VIA will advise the travelling public when it settles on a more permanent
    VIA's Malahat operates daily between Victoria and Courtenay, serving

    Train  Days of Operation       Departs                Arrives
    199    Monday-Saturday   Nanaimo at 10:25a.m.   Courtenay at 12:30 p.m.
    299    Sunday only       Nanaimo at 12:25 a.m.  Courtenay at 14:30
                                                    (2:30 p.m.)
    198    Monday-Saturday   Courtenay at 13:00     Nanaimo at 14:45
                             (1:00 p.m.)            (2:45 p.m.)
    298    Sunday only       Courtenay at 15:00     Nanaimo at 16:45
                             (3:00 p.m.)            (4:45 p.m.)

    VIA regrets any inconvenience that may result from this temporary
arrangement. Customers wishing further information may call 888-VIA RAIL
(842 - 7245) or 888-842-6348.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate
Communications, (416) 956-7683

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