VIA Rail announced train service will resume in Southwestern Ontario beginning Thursday morning.
All trains running between Toronto-London-Windsor, Toronto-Sarnia and Toronto-Niagara will resume service, after being shutdown due to the solidarity protests happening across the nation for the Wet’suwet’en in British Columbia.
According to VIA Rail, there may be delays while the trains resume service.
There will also be partial service for the Quebec City – Montreal – Ottawa route during weekdays and full service of the route on weekends.
Since all other VIA Rail services are not operating until further notice, with the exception of Sudbury–White River (CP Rail) and Churchill–The Pas (Hudson Bay Railway), VIA Rail has cancelled all affected departures until the end of the day on Thursday, February 20, and all customers will be receiving a cancellation notice.
VIA Rail said that as soon as they can confirm a train has been cancelled, passengers on that train will be notified by email and will automatically be reimbursed.
Because the volume of transactions is greater than usual VIA Rail said that reimbursement can take a minimum of 15 days.
VIA Rail is also allowing passengers who are holding a ticket for a trip that hasn’t happened yet, or is no later than Monday, February 24, have the option to cancel their ticket online for a full refund with no service charges. Passengers can also get a refund for a return ticket scheduled after February 24, as long as the first portion of the trip was scheduled before that date.
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According to VIA Rail, as of February 18, 18, 532 trains have been cancelled because of the solidarity protests with more than 103, 000 passengers affected.
“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 in their statement.