A rally is back on track in Cobourg, Ont., to show support for the return of ViaRail passenger train service from Toronto to Kingston.

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The report shows interest in returning the ViaRail passenger link between Kingston and Toronto.

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The “Via Day of Action” was originally scheduled for September 9, but was postponed due to the d*ath of Queen Elizabeth II. The rally is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Via Rail Station at 563 Division St.

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The event, supported by Northumberland Peterborough South MP Philip Lawrence and MPP David Puccini, is asking the company to restore train 651, which served the Toronto to Kingston corridor. The route was suspended during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic due to a drop in passenger numbers. It is one of the few that was restored when the trails reopened this summer.

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An extensive survey was released this month that highlighted the high interest of Eastern Ontario residents in using the route and potential new future users. Entitled “The Case for Getting VIA Train 651 Back on Track,” The report was a joint project of municipalities in Eastern Ontario, including the counties of Northumberland and Hastings and the cities of Quint West, Belleville and Kingston.

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ViaRail has said it is reviewing a dozen routes, including train 651, that did not return in June.

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