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VIA Rail cuts: Trains 85/88 cancelled London to Sarnia, 86/89 cancelled completely + more

By shost at 9:39 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

So, how will you be affected by the cuts? Anyone switching to GO (not that you really have much of a choice!)

85/88 are cancelled between London and Sarnia, and poor Sarnia is left with only one train per day. What a joke.

Cancelling 86 makes sense in light of the GO trains, but leaves Stratford and St. Marys folks in the cold. This means, to me , that 87 will quickly be changed to avoid the GO trains and run at a different time.

89, running through the north mainline in the wee morning hours (arriving in London long after Midnight) was also a likely candidate for cancellation.

There are other cuts in the VIA system elsewhere, but they are unlikely to affect Guelph/Kitchener-Waterloo users.

If you want a summary, the Conservative Government cut $20 million from VIA’s operating budget, but VIA still has hundreds of millions (?) for improvements such as stations, track, signalling, etc, but they cannot use money from one budget to help the other… VIA not being a normal company, and highly politically driven, is stuck in this very odd predicament..

The Guelph sub CTC improvements are still on the table, apparently, but I’ll believe it when it happens..

What’s your take on the whole situation?

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