Via Rail to resume service in July

Via Rail will be resuming passenger service between Prince Rupert and Jasper in July.

On Thursday, the company announced it will resume the service, which has been suspended since Feb. 12. Services was initially suspended when the rail line was blockaded by protesters near New Hazelton in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline project, and remained suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"Since the beginning of the pandemic, the owner of the infrastructure (CN Rail) between Prince Rupert-Prince George-Jasper has been performing infrastructure and maintenance improvements which temporarily impacted the available capacity," a statement issued by Via Rail said. "Via Rail service offered on this route will however resume in July."

No further details were made available about when the rail service will resume, or what the schedule will be.

Passengers looking to continue on to Vancouver, Edmonton or destinations further east won't be able to until November. Via Rail announced service on The Canadian line between Vancouver and Toronto will remain suspended until Nov. 1.

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