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Via Rail extends suspension of Halifax-Montreal route

The route was scheduled to resume on November 1st, but the company has nixed those plans due to rising cases of COVID-19 in central Canada
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VIA Rail logo. (Photo/VIA Rail)

Via Rail will not be resuming its long-distance route between Halifax and Montreal anytime soon.

The route was scheduled to resume on November 1st, but the company has nixed those plans due to rising cases of COVID-19 in central Canada.

The company is also extending the suspension of the "sleeper class" Winnipeg to Churchill route.

"Please know that we will continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 and remain in close contact with public health authorities as well as the federal and provincial governments. Our desire is to offer all of our services to Canadians as quickly as possible under optimal sanitary conditions, said Cynthia Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Via Rail indicates current sanitary conditions would not allow for a safe service offering, especially given the duration of these trips and the close proximity between employees and passengers.

In a release, VIA Rail explains it will continue to work on a safe resumption plan for its long-distance routes, which will consider health and sanitary developments of the different provinces where they operate.

The company adds those plans will be shared once they are finalized.

With files from Steve MacArthur




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