VIA Rail Announces Some Service Will Resume This Week
Trains will soon start running again between Ottawa and Quebec City.
If you have tickets purchased with Canada's national rail service travelling between Quebec and Ottawa, you might actually be able to take your trip. After weeks of cancellations and the withdrawal of services, there is going to be some movement along railways. VIA Rail's cancellation is partially coming to an end, and trains will soon start running again between Canada's capital and Quebec City.
Beginning on the morning of February 20, VIA Rail trains that run full trips between Ottawa and Quebec City will resume operation.
The company announced the partial resumption of service on February 18, after getting confirmation from CN that trains can run again on that section of the route.
Trains 22, 24, 26 and 28 from Ottawa and trains 33, 35, 37 and 39 from Quebec City will be on the move once again.
VIA Rail said that all current reservations for those routes will be protected so that there's a smooth transition.
If you have tickets for a train that hasn't been cancelled, the company will be reaching out directly to update you on the latest developments.
"Our passengers rely on VIA Rail for regular and safe intercity rail service and we are eager to resume operations," Canada's national rail service stated in a news release.
"We thank our passengers for their continued patience and understanding."
The trains on the newly reinstated route also stop in Montreal along the way.
Despite the resumed service between Ottawa and Quebec City, all other routes from VIA Rail remain cancelled with the exception of Sudbury-White River and Churchill-The Pas until further notice.
"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.
The passenger rail service links more than 400 communities across Canada through its train routes but had to.
VIA Rail's complete stoppage came after nearly a week ofhappening on or beside the tracks in Ontario, forcing the company to stop trains from running.
The blockades are in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, and in opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs released a statement that said they will "continue to resist colonial and gendered violence against Wet’suwet’en people, and to protect Wet’suwet’en lands for future generations."
According to APTN News, all 20 of the elected bands along the route of the pipeline voted in favour of it, but the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation did not.