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Via Rail Canada said it will resume service between Quebec City and Ottawa beginning Thursday, as anti-pipeline protests continue to disrupt rail operations across the country.
Via said Tuesday it has received a notification from Canadian National Railway Co. allowing a partial restart for trains that make full trips between those two cities.
For departures from Ottawa, trains 22, 24, 26 and 28 will be resuming service, Via said in a release.
For departures from Québec City, trains 33, 35, 37 and 39 will be resuming service.
The company also announced later Tuesday that it received the go-ahead from CN to resume service in Southwestern Ontario, including routes from Toronto to Windsor, Sarnia and Niagara. Trains are slated to start running along those routes again Thursday morning.
Via previously cancelled passenger services on all but two of its routes as blockades — which have been set up by protesters opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columbia — persisted last week.
As of Tuesday, 532 trains had been cancelled and more than 103,000 passengers had been affected as a result of the blockades, Via said.
Via’s service suspensions were triggered by CN Rail’s decision to start shutting down its entire network in Eastern Canada late Thursday.
“We remain hopeful for an end to the situation as soon as possible and encourage all relevant parties to continue their efforts towards a peaceful resolution,” Via said Tuesday.
“We thank our passengers for their continued patience and understanding.”