The affected routes include the company’s Canada service, which travels between Toronto and Vancouver, as well as its Ocean service, which travels between Halifax and Montreal.
Also affected, is the sleeper class on the Winnipeg to Churchill route.
The announcement comes after VIA Rail suspended the more-than-4,400-kilometre route between Toronto and Vancouver route until June 1.
But late on Wednesday, the company announced that the routes would be discounted until at least Nov. 1, 2020.
The company said any affected passengers who booked a trip during this period will be contacted and reimbursed.
VIA Rail is now using the time to accelerate an inspection and repair program that began in 2018.
In the past few weeks, the company says they’ve discovered “new structural issues” that will need to be addressed.
Cynthia Garneau, president and CEO of VIA Rail, said they will look to bring back their long-distance services in the upcoming 2021 season.
“This was not an easy decision to make but, given the current circumstances, the health and safety of our passengers, crew members and local communities must come first,” she said.
–With files from Jon Azpiri
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