04/09/2010 AT 06:58
With the assignment of newly rebuilt F40 locomotives to this route, travellers now have for the first time an opportunity to enjoy the VIA experience between Montreal and Quebec City while reaching their destination more quickly, and at more convenient times.
Travel times have been shortened by as much as 20 minutes, while arrival and departure times for certain trains have been modified to better suit passengers' needs. For example, the first morning train (train 21) now leaves Quebec City at 05:35 a.m., Sainte-Foy at 06:00 a.m. and arrives in Montreal at 08:32 a.m., as opposed to 09:17 a.m. in the past.
These improvements have been made possible by a better synchronization of freight and passenger trains, following extensive discussions with Canadian National. Also, VIA's newest, most powerful and fuel-efficient locomotives will be assigned to this route. This will allow for better acceleration and maximum possible track speeds throughout the trip.
“We are proud to know that the funds allocated to VIA's Capital Investment Plan are helping to improve the services we provide to Canadians,” said the Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State, Transport. “We are pleased to contribute to the introduction of shorter travel times on the popular Montreal-Quebec City route.”
“We are working hard to improve our service and our technology,” said VIA's President and CEO, Marc Laliberté. “The changes implemented today are a perfect example of our constant evolution to adapt to our customers' changing needs while using taxpayer dollars as efficiently as possible.”
Metrolinx today purchased from CN the lower portion of the Newmarket Subdivision in central-north Toronto for C$68 million. The transaction gives Metrolinx end-to-end ownership of the 60-mile-long Barrie-Bradford GO Train corridor between downtown Toronto and Barrie, Ont.
Canada's Transport Minister announced the appointment of Mr. Marc Laliberté, of Boucherville, Québec, as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of VIA Rail Canada Inc. for a term of four years, effective January 4, 2010.
VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers that effective Sunday, December 13, 2009, a new schedule will be in effect for service to Northern Manitoba.
VIA Rail Canada announced a $19.5 million program for the reconfiguration of 12 of the stylish stainless steel passenger cars used on its western transcontinental train.
VIA Rail Canada is pleased to announce that it will be increasing parking capacity at Port Hope station.
The Government of Canada and VIA Rail announced a $20 million program to renew and improve two key components of its nationwide locomotive and rolling stock fleet.
VIA estimates that it will invest as much as $7 million for the new station and related improvements from recent capital funding for VIA announced by the Government of Canada. $1 million of the project's cost will come from the government's Economic Action Plan.
VIA estimates that it will invest as much as $7 million for the new station and related improvements from recent capital funding for VIA announced by the Government of Canada. $2.5 million of the project's cost will come from the government's Economic Action Plan.
VIA Rail Canada announces the launch of the Montreal-Toronto Bike Train Initiative, offering outdoor enthusiasts an easy and comfortable way to discover some popular cycling venues in Ontario and Quebec.
VIA Rail Canada has your ticket to experience all the excitement of the Niagara region this summer thanks to the return of VIA's enhanced seasonal schedule between Toronto and Niagara Falls.