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VIA Rail forced to reduce service on Ottawa-Toronto, Ottawa-Montreal routes due to COVID-19

Business class and lounges are also suspended until further notice.
VIA Rail Fallowfield Station in Ottawa. Dani-Elle Dubé/

Train service on a few of Ottawa’s main routes have been reduced by VIA Rail due to the increasing concern of COVID-19.

Canada’s train company announced on its website on Friday, January 14 that the Ottawa-Toronto and Ottawa-Montreal corridors were the routes affected.

Three trains a day will depart Ottawa for Toronto, and three trains will leave Ottawa for Montreal.

VIA Rail said there are normally five trains a day that leave Ottawa for Montreal on weekdays, and six trains a day leaving from Ottawa for Toronto.

“This temporary service reduction in the Corridor has been carefully planned in order to continue to provide essential intercity service on all routes,” VIA Rail said in a statement. “As we continue to closely monitor the evolution of the pandemic, VIA Rail is ensuring that we can offer our customers options for essential travel in all regions of the country. There will be no reduction in frequencies for the moment on any other routes, but some on-board services have been modified.”

VIA Rail business class will also be temporarily suspended, and business lounges are closed until further notice.

Starting on Wednesday, January 19, the following trains will be running between Ottawa and Toronto, and Ottawa and Montreal.


  • Departing Ottawa: Trains 51 (643 on weekends), 53 and 59
  • Departing Toronto: Trains 52, 42 and 54


  • Departing Ottawa: Train 38
  • Departing Montreal: Train 51 (633 on weekends)

Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec City

  • Departing Ottawa: Trains 24 and 28
  • Departing Quebec City (through Montreal): trains 35 and 37
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