Citizen rail advocates see Canadian National takeover of Southwest Ontario line as trouble for VIA Rail Canada

From Wawa-News.com; November 7, 2018

As part of their observance of National Railway Day on November 7, the All Aboard St. Marys and All Aboard Northern Ontario citizens’ rail action committees are advising politicians to closely watch Thursday’s CN take-back of the Kitchener-London section of the Guelph Subdivision used by four of VIA Rail Canada’s Southwestern Ontario trains.

“We’d like to see this as a plus,” says All Aboard St. Marys team leader, Chris West. “But whenever we see VIA becoming even more dependent on CN for the efficient handling of its trains, the outcome is rarely positive for passengers or the taxpayers who help pay for those trains. CN has earned an industry-wide reputation as North America’s most passenger-unfriendly freight railway.”

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