VIA Rail to resume Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec City service on Monday

Feb 22 2020, 3:39 pm

VIA Rail will resume train service connecting Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City on Monday, the train company announced Saturday.

Earlier this month, VIA Rail cancelled all its trips until further notice because of ongoing Wet’suwet’en solidarity rail blockades on the tracks it uses.

So far,  723 trains have been cancelled because of the blockades, impacting 127,000 customers, VIA Rail said.

The protesters on the train tracks are supporting a group of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who are trying to prevent a natural gas pipeline from crossing their traditional territory in northern BC.

After Mounties moved in to arrest supporters of the hereditary chiefs, demonstrations sprang up across the country denouncing police actions.

The Coastal GasLink pipeline would transport liquefied natural gas to port in Kitimat, BC.

“We remain hopeful for an end to the situation as soon as possible and encourage all parties involved to continue their efforts towards a peaceful resolution,” VIA Rail spokesperson Karl-Philip Marchand Giguere said in a statement.

The following routes will be going back into service:

Via Rail trains

VIA Rail

But the following routes remain cancelled:

VIA Rail

VIA Rail

VIA Rail said it’s reaching out to passengers with reservations to keep them updated, and that people can also check their website for the latest information.