Via Rail service to resume on Thursday between Quebec City and Ottawa

Feb 18 2020, 6:31 am

Via Rail service has been shut down across Canada over the past few weeks as solidarity protests with the Wet’sutwet’en have gained traction.

But the transit service just announced plans to allow the “partial resumption of service” between Quebec City, Montreal, and Ottawa.

Beginning Thursday morning, only trains that serve full trips between Quebec City and Ottawa will resume service.

Specifically, trains 22, 24, 26, and 28 leaving Ottawa and trains 33, 35, 37, and 39, leaving Quebec City will resume service.

According to Via Rail, in order to ensure a smooth transition, all current reservations on those trains will be protected.

For now, all other VIA Rail services are still cancelled with the exception of Sudbury-White River (CP Rail) and Churchill-The Pas (Hudson Bay Railway), until further notice.

In a release, Via Rail says they’re reaching out directly to passengers with reservations that have been cancelled to update them on the latest developments.

“We remain hopeful for an end to the situation as soon as possible and encourage all relevant parties to continue their efforts towards a peaceful resolution,” Via Rail said.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Incident Response Group to discuss the Government of Canada’s engagement in resolving the disruptions as soon as possible.