The company Transport ferroviare Tshiuetin which acts as a link between Sept-Îles and Schefferville, in Côte-Nord, has been able to resume its schedule of two visits per week after the disruption of the pandemic COVID-19.
The train Tshiuetin is the only means of land transport to get to Scheffeville and the innu communities and the naskapi, who are out there, with a small population and where several members have risk factors that make them vulnerable to the virus, such as diabetes, special precautions are taken.
“This is a remote area where it is the only access. You can’t drag the COVID everywhere. People are aware and it’s going very well,” said the supervisor mechanical rail Transportation Tshiuetin, Patrice Marceau.
After a slowdown in the activities, and then a pause at the beginning of the pandemic, the transport of passengers has resumed in mid-may, with the implementation of various measures of distance to both the train station and in the trains, in addition to the outlet temperature for each passenger.
Disinfectants are accessible at the ends of each car and the frequency of cleaning was increased.
Recently, separators transparencies were installed between sections of pews, which helped to bring to 100 the ability to transport passengers.
Wearing a mask is compulsory, except for eat, during the entire trip by train.
“The people are very cooperative and understanding,” said Patrice Marceau. Almost everyone comes in with their mask. Otherwise, we the provides. The people are very friendly and aware of the danger.”
Rail transportation Tshiuetin is directed by a new director for the past two weeks, Tanis Peterson. She was previously director of regulatory affairs at the railway Association of Canada.
After having noted the work done to deal with the pandemic, it is believed that in the canadian rail industry, the employees of Tshiuetin stand out for their seriousness in the implementation of sanitary measures.
“In fact, employees, it’s great. They found ideas, solutions,” said Tanis Peterson.