Travel Advisory - VIA Suspends Service in Quebec and Atlantic Region

    Alternate transportation provided between Montréal and Québec City

    MONTREAL, Jan. 1 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers that
due to a 30-car Canadian National (CN) freight derailment near Villeroy,
Quebec, all service between Montréal and Québec and Montréal to Halifax has
been suspended.
    VIA is arranging alternate transportation for all train service between
Montréal and Québec in both directions.
    In addition, the train between Montréal and Halifax (Ocean Service, train
614) which was scheduled to depart today, has been delayed and is now expected
to depart tomorrow, Friday, January 2, 2009 at 05:00 am.
    VIA is also arranging alternate transportation for customers holding
tickets on train 614, between Campbellton and Halifax. VIA is attempting to
contact all affected customers. Passengers holding tickets for today's
departure of the Ocean (train 614) are asked to contact VIA at 1 888-VIA RAIL
(1 842-7245) or TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).
    As a result, VIA has had to suspend ticket sales for these train services
until the line has been cleared.
    VIA has been advised by CN that the line is expected to be cleared within
24 hours. As such, VIA anticipates regular service between Montreal and Quebec
will resume on in the morning of January 2nd, 2009.
    VIA wishes to apologize for any inconvenience this disruption may cause
to its passengers. Customers wishing further information may visit our website or call 1 888-VIA RAIL (1 842-7245) or TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing
impaired). Further updates will be issued as required.

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