- After weeks of service disruption, VIA Rail trains between Montreal and Toronto are expected to resume this week.
- Several other trains should also be back up and running before the weekend.
- Take a look at details and statements from VIA Rail below.
After weeks of service interruptions, VIA Rail is now informing passengers who travel between Montreal and Ottawa, or Montreal and Toronto, by way of VIA service should be able to grab a train as early as tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3. This news comes after the dismantling of a blockade near Belleville, Ontario in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. The blockade was erected in solidarity and support of the Wet'suwet'en people in British Columbia who continue to oppose and protest the installation of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through their unceded land.
Two weeks ago, VIA Rail suspended all service nationwide, save for two lines in the Prairies, after CN Rail advised that they could not safely support operations across the network of train lines.
An injunction inevitably ended the blockade in Tyendinaga last week where Ontario Provincial Police arrested and have now laid charges against 10 people who stood their ground as the OPP moved in to dismantle the camp.
In Quebec, the Kahnawà:ke rail blockade that is interrupting service on the exo4 Candian line still remains in place as supporters wait to hear the outcome of talks between the Canadian government and the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs.
VIA Rail tweeted the news of service resumption last week indicating that "most" routes should be back up and running this week, which is great news considering the nasty Montreal weather expected today that could make driving a disaster.
Routes between Montreal and Toronto or Ottawa are expected to see "partial service" by March 3.
Feb 28 5:25 PM: Most VIA Rail routes to resume partial service: https://t.co/YB9J0hMSEv— VIA Rail Canada (@VIA Rail Canada) 1582928760.0
Trains headed east out of Montreal on the Ocean line to Halifax are also back in full service.
Here is a breakdown of each of the VIA Rail train routes and their expected date of service resumption.
As you can see, most lines should be back up and running by the end of this week.
VIA Rail also notes their release that as of February 28, when service was halted, "940 trains have been cancelled," and "more than 164 000 passengers have been affected."
News on the exo4 Candiac line remains to be seen, as Kanien’kehá:ka Mohawks in Kahnawà:ke are standing their ground.
[INTERRUPTION DE SERVICE]⚠️ Le service de train sur la ligne exo4 Candiac est interrompu pour une durée indeterminé… https://t.co/EYlO3GL8hP— exo4 Candiac (@exo4 Candiac) 1581334387.0
A meeting between government representatives and Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Cheifs went down this weekend where a reported "deal aimed at resolving" the situation in Wet'suwet'en and nationwide was reached.
The deal has yet to be reviewed by the Wet'suwet'en before its details are released to the public. Only after this review is done and given the OK will the Kahnawà:ke blockade come down.