Via rail closing its Matapedia-New Carlisle- Gaspé route
We've been hearing on the news that Via-Rail is suspending connections on its Matapedia -New Carlisle - Gaspé route. This comes after services were disrupted two weeks ago, when the Société de Chemins de Fer de la Gaspésie had to close part of the rail line. That was because of erosion found on the tracks and switching equipment at level crossings. But, Via Rail has now announced it is suspending its activities indefinitely.
And as of September 17th, the suspension also applies to the bus service that's replaced cancelled trains. Jacques Gagnon, Via's Senior Manager of media relations says the company is suspending this bus service, even though the train closure is only supposed to be temporary.
We spoke to Jacques Gagnon, and Cynthia Patterson who is part of a group working to save train service in the Gaspe