VIA to add train to Quebec City-Montreal-Ottawa route

News Wire Digest second section for July 10: Three CN Great Lakes ships to be sidelined; UP, NS launch new LA-Birmingham intermodal service
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More Friday morning rail news in brief:

VIA adds round trip on Quebec-Montreal-Ottawa rout
VIA Rail Canada says it will add one round trip to its Quebec City-Montreal-Ottawa route effective July 14, reflecting “an increase in demand resulting from the progressive deconfinement implemented by public health authorities in Québec and Ontario.” The route will now have two daily round trips. Added will be train 35, which leaves Quebec City at 8 a.m., arriving in Montreal at 11:35 a.m. and in Ottawa at 2:15 p.m., and train 28, which leaves Ottawa at 4:15 p.m., arriving in Montreal at 6:05 p.m. and Quebec City at 9:54 p.m.

Three CN Great Lakes ships to be sidelined
The Pennsylvania company which runs Canadian National’s fleet of Great Lakes ships says three of its ships will be laid up because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan news site reports the Edgar B. Speer, Roger Blough, and Philip R. Clarke — one third of CN’s nine-ship Great Lakes fleet, will be sidelined for the rest of the year, leading to the layoffs of 94 workers, mostly based in Duluth. An executive at Keystone Shipping Co. said the move reflected economic conditions. Shipments through the Port of Duluth-Superior were down by about a third earlier this year. More information on CN’s Great Lakes fleet is available here.

UP, NS to begin LA-Birmingham intermodal service
Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific will launch a new intermodal service for domestic 53-foot containers between UP’s Los Angeles Transportation Center intermodal facility and Birmingham, Ala., with interchange in Shreveport, La. The service begins July 20.


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