Suspension of Via Rail Trains in Canada Continues

By Jesse Sokolow on 17 February 2020
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Via Rail, Canada’s national intercity passenger train operator, said it has extended the suspension of service on all but two of its train lines.

Service was suspended earlier in the month as the result of blockades on Canadian National Rail tracks that were erected by demonstrators protesting TransCanada’s proposed Coastal GasLink fracking pipeline.

The protests began in early February in British Columbia after police arrested members of an indigenous group that was blocking a road  leading to a construction site for the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline.

“We understand the impact this unfortunate situation has on our passengers and regret the significant inconvenience this is causing to their travel plans,” the railroad said in a statement.  The railroad said it is hopeful that the standoff will end “as soon as possible.”

The two routes not suspended are the Sudbury-White River train, formerly known as the Lake Superior, which connects communities between Sudbury and White River in Ontario, and the Churchill-The Pas line in Manitoba.

Via Rail normally operates over 500 trains per week across 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) and eight Canadian provinces. The majority of trains service passengers in the Québec City–Windsor Corridor.

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