Via Rail offering reduced service starting July 5

Via Rail service between Prince George, Jasper and Prince Rupert will resume on July 5, the national rail carrier announced on Tuesday.

Last week Via Rail announced plans to restart service on the line sometime in July Passenger rail service on the line has been suspended since Feb. 12, when the rail line was blockaded by protesters near New Hazelton.

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"Via Rail is pleased to announce that service will resume starting July 5 with one round-trip per week offered in each direction," a press release issued by the company said. "Please note that we have limited the number of bookable seats aboard our trains in order to provide passengers physical distancing space when travelling and as such some departures may sell out. Checked baggage service will be offered."

Service from Jasper to Prince George will run on Sundays and will continue east to Prince Rupert on Mondays each week. Trains will leave Prince Rupert for Prince George every Wednesday, and run Prince George to Jasper on Thursdays.

Previously Via Rail trains ran three times per week in each direction.

In last week's statement, Via Rail said work being done on the line by CN Rail was the cause for the lengthy delay in restarting the service.

Jasper will be the end of the line for passenger service until Nov. 1, when The Canadian line - running from Vancouver to Toronto – resumes service.


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