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VIA Rail to resume most services by end of June

MONTREAL — VIA Rail Canada is on track to resume most of its services across the country by the end of June 2022.

The rail company has announced more options for passengers this summer, with service resumption from coast to coast. According to Cynthia Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer, VIA Rail’s decision to add frequencies throughout the pandemic has been based on various factors, including demand and the health and safety of passengers and employees.

“This is a celebratory and crucial milestone in our service resumption plan after an incredibly challenging two years,” said Garneau. “We look forward to welcoming more of our customers back onboard our trains and doing our part to encourage Canadians and tourists to get out and explore this beautiful country for the summer travel season.”

Here is VIA’s summer schedule:

April 29 The Canadian 2 full frequencies
June 3 The Ocean 3 full frequencies
June 9 Québec City-Windsor corridor Additional frequencies across the Corridor
June 10 Jasper-Prince Rupert 3 full frequencies
June 14 Sudbury-White River 3 full frequencies
June 29 Montreal-Senneterre 3 full frequencies
June 29 Montreal-Jonquière 3 full frequencies

Specific dates are subject to change slightly as VIA Rail is currently finalizing details, including access to the infrastructure.

VIA Rail’s Winnipeg-Churchill route will continue to operate its full three frequencies per week as it has since the beginning of the pandemic.

Existing safety measures implemented by VIA Rail in response to COVID-19 remain in effect. These include, amongst others, a mask wearing policy on trains and mandatory vaccination required by the federal government. Wearing a mask is required at all times in VIA Rail’s stations and onboard trains. Those who do not wear a mask during their trip will be required to disembark the train or will be refused entry upon boarding. Passengers will also be denied boarding if they are experiencing symptoms similar to a cold or flu (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), or if they have been denied boarding for travel in the last 14 days due to medical reasons related to COVID-19.

For more information go to https://www.viarail.ca/en.