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GO Trains to Run in Spite of Potential CN Strike. No Guarantees Beyond That



From Canadian Newswire comes this release:

Media Advisory - GO Trains to keep operating during CN strike

TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2007 /CNW/ - GO Transit will continue to provide train service on all lines during the nationwide strike by CN conductors, which is expected to begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 10.

An agreement between CN and its union has exempted GO Trains from the strike.

“Regular train service will be provided,” said GO Chairman Peter Smith. “We’re very pleased that both parties have agreed to maintain commuter rail service, and that they understand the importance of continuing to provide public transit to people who use it.

“GO hopes both sides will continue to honour their agreement. Our customers don’t need any more disruption because of this strike. We hope CN and its union will be able to resolve their differences quickly.”

Customers are always encouraged to have a backup plan for their transportation needs. Backup plans could include carpooling and taking local transit. “We always recommend that our customers should have these contingency arrangements in case of unusual circumstances, such as the weather or labour action,” Smith said.

GO Transit will keep customers regularly posted of developments through its website and E-News email alerts. Customers who haven’t already signed up for E-News can subscribe on GO’s website, gotransit.com.

For GO updates, the public can also call 416.869.3200, 1.888.GET ON GO (438.6646), 1.800.387.3652 TTY only, or check gotransit.com.

Smith’s comment is telling, because despite GO Transit being exempted from direct strike action, the possibility for disruption still exists if GO Transit crews find themselves having to cross picket lines in order to access their equipment. While protocols are typically in place within the union for such a situation, delays could still result. So, keep checking GO Transit’s website and keep an eye on the news as the CN labour dispute works itself out.

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