Via Rail has announced that it will gradually resume its Montreal-Halifax Ocean line as of August 11, after putting it on hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “After a very thorough evaluation of our health and safety protocols, including physical distancing measures, improved air ventilation systems and improved measures for passenger access and the protection of our employees, a go- weekly return will be offered between Montreal and Halifax. »Says Via Rail, on its website.
The first trip from Halifax will depart on August 11 and the first trip from Montreal will depart on August 15.
The company says its “sleeper plus” class and economy class will be offered, and passengers will be asked to limit their trips on the train and stay in their cabin or assigned seats for the duration of the trip.
Masks will be mandatory at all times in stations and on trains, except in an enclosed space such as a cabin, or temporarily for eating or drinking, says Via Rail. Passengers should put on their masks immediately after eating or drinking.
Parking and service cars will not be accessible to passengers, and activities and entertainment, including live music, will not be offered.
The 1,346 kilometer route is the only passenger rail service connecting the Maritimes to the rest of Canada, offering stops in cities such as Truro, NS, Moncton, NB and Campbellton, NB. .
Via Rail says “full inventory” is expected to resume for the route on October 1, but the company will notify customers closer to when it becomes clear what service will actually be possible based on the pandemic status .