NS VIA FAN wrote:
VIA does not own Montreal Gare Centrale……It is only a tenant. The station and CN Headquarters Building is owned by Homburg and leased to CN. It will continue to operate normally for AMT trains.
http://www.homburgcanada.com/files/drm/ ... 6aa2bb.pdf
Please consult the VIA Web Site……they are NOT chartering buses for this weekend. Beyond noon on Friday the 24th., no alternative transportation is being provided.
http://www.viarail.ca/en/update/montrea ... o-montreal
My Mistake on the comment of ownership of Gare Central, I was actually referring to ticketing and booking operations as those are run BY VIA Personnel when I spoke of VIA Rail Operating it. I should have been more precise in my statement.
As for the BUS comment Im referring to the statement that was Made yesterday morning to CTV and it states " Passengers will not be stranded and Buses will carry passengers to there Final destination if a strike is initiated Friday, those on LD trains when the strike begins will travel on buses over the weekend to there final destinations" However with the now eminent deadline approaching and VIA Rail canceling all LD train that may not be needed as most trains will have made it to there final destinations by the deadline. I see VIA Rail is doubling up there precautionary steps now as the strike seems eminent.
Mr. Norman has made a statement that most strikes are avoided in the 11th hour as a deal usually breaks in the final moments, I find that to be very true in the US as I'm originally from Chicago and have seen it happen before, However Canada seems to take a different Approach. I'm unfortunately expecting a strike, I hope for the sake of VIA passengers, I'm wrong. I'm not a fortune teller but If I deal is not reached by midnight tonight (thursday july 23).. I don't see one happening.
PS: NS VIA fan.. If you happen to read VIA website fully it also states that all trains will be canceled (before or after deadline) and reading into the site under certain trains it lists, example: Toronto-Montreal " Refund No alternate transportation' and some say "Refund OR alternate transportation" Id expect this to be by Bus unless there going to put passengers on flights. Note on Via rail for Toronto-Vancouver...
NOTE 1: Alternate transportation will be provided where possible at intermediate stations for passengers scheduled to depart before Friday, July 24, at noon EDT. After that, no alternate transportation will be provided.