Thursday, May 10, 2012

VIA Rail services in the Gaspé Peninsula to partially resume on May 13

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VIA Rail Canada service between Montreal, Matapédia and New-Carlisle, Quebec will resume with the departure of train 16 from Montreal on Sunday, May 13, (first westbound train to Montreal May 14th).

The interruption in services over the past few months was caused by significant track maintenance work undertaken by the Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie.

"Having recently received engineering reports indicating that the bridges and other structures between Matapédia and New-Carlisle are now safe, we are pleased to resume operations of our trains on this leg," explained Marc Beaulieu, VIA's regional general manager east and chief transportation officer. "Although this interruption in our services was beyond our control, we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience this situation may have caused."

The Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie is pursuing its detailed inspections and load calculations on the portion of track between New-Carlisle and Gaspé. The train there will continue to be replaced by motor coach service until VIA receives an inspection report indicating that the infrastructure can again be used safely by its trains.

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