VIA prepares to resume regular service from Union Station to Montreal and Ottawa following CN derailment

    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - Beginning with its late afternoon departures
from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, VIA has announced that it will be resuming
regular train service to/from Toronto's Union Station. A CN freight train
derailment yesterday forced the suspension of ticket sales and regular train
service between Toronto and Oshawa, Ontario.
    Regular ticket sales will also resume; however, VIA has indicated that
many of its eastbound trains (Ottawa/Montreal) are already sold out due to
advance sales, and student holiday travel.
    While regular train operations are set to resume, VIA wishes to advise
customers that significant delays will be experienced due to the congestion
and operating restrictions around the derailment site.
    VIA has replaced one round trip between Toronto and London as well as
between Toronto and Kingston by chartered motorcoach.
    All other VIA routes in VIA's Windsor-Québec City corridor are operating
with only minor delays.
    VIA wishes to apologize for any inconvenience and for the expected delays
this disruption may cause to its passengers. Customers wishing further
information may call 1 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245).
    VIA will issue an update if required.

For further information:

For further information: VIA contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, VIA
Corporate Communications, (647) 228-1127

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