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CN Shuts Down Eastern Canada Rails Amid Blockades
USAgNet - 02/17/2020

Most Via Rail train services in Canada are cancelled as CN announced a shutdown of its Eastern Canada network over blockades.

Global News Canada reports that the only exceptions to the cancellations are the following routes: Sudbury-White River, which uses CP Rail infrasturcture, and Churchill-The Pas, using the Hudson Bay Railway.

"Following a notice from the infrastructure owner, CN Rail, that they are no longer in a position to fulfill their obligations under the Train Service Agreement between VIA Rail and CN Rail, VIA Rail has no other option but to cancel all of its services on the network with the exception of Sudbury-White River (CP Rail) and Churchill-The Pas (Hudson Bay Railway), until further notice," said an updated statement on Via Rail's website.

Previously, Via Rail had cancelled all train service between Montreal and Toronto and between Ottawa and Toronto, cancelling all departures in both directions until the end of Friday due to the blockade near Belleville, Ont.

Via Rail says it will automatically issue full refunds for the cancelled trips, but cautioned that it could take up to 15 days for the transactions to go through.

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