|VIA Rail's Ocean near Belledune|
There were dueling opinion pieces in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald about the recent VIA
The first article said that the VIA cuts won't affect tourism in Halifax because the service wasn't being used. Bob Sime, a travel consultant, was quoted as saying that "the airline today is the rail and bus coach service of yesterday".
Personally I find it hard to believe that hardly any tourists use the Ocean, and another travel consultant, Carl Fowler, wrote a rebuttal, pointing out that ridership on the Ocean actually increased in 2011 over 2010. Mr. Fowler did highlight some service problems on the train and pointed out that the cut from six to three trips/week is going to "devastate" the train.
VIA Rail is also laying off station agents in many of its stations as it is going to e-ticketing. I don't have a complete list but they include stations in Ontario and Quebec.
I stated my opinions in this article. You can see other articles on the cuts all over the web.