CN Rail reports ‘internet connectivity incident’ disrupting Ontario passenger service

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CN Rail says an IT incident affecting passenger rail service in the Toronto area it began suffering this afternoon isn’t related to cybersecurity.

“It’s an internet connectivity incident,” a company spokesperson told IT World Canada at 4:30 p.m Eastern. “At this point nothing indicates it’s a cybersecurity breach.”

In a tweet, CN described the problem as both an internet connectivity and an electronic data interchange (EDI) issue.

In addition to passenger trains, CN’s customer portal is also impacted.

CN freight trains, the Montreal-area EXO train and bus passenger service and Amtrack trains to and from the U.S. are operating as normal.

The problem is disrupting southern Ontario’s VIA Rail and the provincially-owned GO Transit passenger service at the start of rush hour, where thousands of people are eager to get home.

In a post on the X social media platform, Go Transit said, “We intend to run limited service from [Toronto] Union Station but there will be ongoing delays and cancellations as we work to recover rail service.”

“There will continue to be cancellations and delays as we get everything back up and running,” GO Transit said in a later tweet. “Trains are very busy, so please consider travel alternatives or travelling later this evening if possible.”

GO Transit’s trains and buses provide a regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. It serves a population of more than 7 million people. GO Transit is a division of the provincial Metrolinx Crown corporation. A Metrolinx spokesperson told CBC News that two GO Trains were stuck between stations, but passengers were being transported to nearby stations.

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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times.

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