Thursday, July 23, 2009

Strike? This is not good!

So. This morning I got an e-mail from ViaRail saying that our train from Quebec to Montreal on Saturday has been canceled. Great.

We spent most of the day trying to figure out alternate transportation. No rental cars available. Bus schedules all in French. We had no choice but to venture down to the train station and get the scoop. This is all because of a pending strike. If the train folks don't reach an agreement by noon tomorrow, all rail travel is canceled (but they will happily refund the price of our ticket). If they do reach an agreement, then there's no problem. So we asked the girl at the ticket counter what she thought would happen. She thinks they'll strike and pointed us in the direction of the bus counter.

The lady at the bus counter assured us that they can get us to Montreal in case of a rail strike. We inquired about what happens when the bus sells out. Here's a concept, they just pull up another bus. It sounds like we're covered. I'd much rather take the train, but at this point I'll settle for any mode of transportation to Montreal.

Dog sled anyone?

If you're curious about our situation, here's the website for via rail:

A bientot!

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