Bus alternative to Dayliner to end

VIA Rail Canada will end temporary bus service between Courtenay and Victoria August 7.

VIA Rail Canada will end temporary bus service between Courtenay and Victoria August 7.

The bus was provided to replace passenger rail service, which was halted after track inspections in April deemed the railway unsafe for passenger traffic.

VIA Rail said since bus service began, fewer than 10 passengers per day, on average, used the service and ridership is dwindling.

Customers are advised to use regularly scheduled bus services offered by other carriers until track upgrades are carried out and regular Dayliner passenger rail service resumes.

VIA is continuing to refurbish three diesel rail cars in anticipation of service resuming on the Island.

For more information, please contact VIA Rail Canada at 1-888-842-6348 or online at www.viarail.ca.