Via Rail has beefed up security following what it calls an “unfounded” threat.
Additional police and canine patrols have been deployed in certain train stations across the country Wednesday morning, including Toronto’s Union Station.
The threat was received “recently” according to VIA Rail Spokesperson Malcolm Andrews.
Police were informed, and while it appeared to be unsubstantiated, Via is still reminding it’s employees to be vigilant.
The railway notes that passenger transportation companies around the world have been the target of unsubstantiated threats “for some time now.”
VIA has released the following statement:
For some time now, passenger transportation companies globally have been the target of unsubstantiated threats against their facilities. A threat of this nature was received at VIA Rail recently and the police were informed .
Although it appears to be unfounded , VIA Rail has advised employees and reminded them to be vigilant. In addition, VIA has increased police and canine patrols in certain stations. In all such cases, VIA’s Police Service is working closely with law enforcement.