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A major Investment to Upgrade Vancouver Station

11/09/2010 AT 12:08

“This major project to upgrade Vancouver Station underlines our Government's continuing commitment to improving VIA facilities and infrastructure and revitalizing Canada's rail service,” said Minister Merrifield. “These improvements will benefit the many passengers who use this fine Heritage station, whether to travel to Vancouver, the US or across the country.“

“The Vancouver VIA Rail Station is a crucial transportation hub for our city, and is where many people first set foot in our city.” said Mayor Robertson. “The station highlights both Vancouver's architecture and its history, and it is great news that VIA Rail and the federal Government are investing in upgrades to the station."

VIA Rail will complete major renovations to the station's masonry, roof and windows in 2011, paying strict attention to preserving features that mark the building as a Heritage site. Designs and specifications have been submitted to Parks Canada for review. VIA will issue a tender and intends to award the contract by the end of the year. The majority of the funding for the project will come from Canada's Economic Action Plan. In 2009, VIA also completed a project for improvements to the platform canopy and lighting and repairs to the station columns from funding announced in 2007. These are part of an unprecedented $923 million capital investment by the federal government to improve comfort, service and safety for passengers.

“Thanks to the Government of Canada's confidence in VIA Rail and its investments to improve our services, this important station will be able to even better serve the needs of Canadians and visitors to Canada,” said VIA's David Hoff.

VIA's western transcontinental services also make an important contribution to VIA's success and Canada's tourism industry. VIA is committed to improving its efficiency and its environmental footprint right across Canada and this initiative will go a long way toward helping to achieve those goals.

VIa lanches combo train + auto

VIA Rail Canada and Communauto are proud to announce today a completely new program available to all passengers that combines the train and the automobile on the Montréal-Québec City line for as little as $99.

Train 692 to hold in Thompson for track working

VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers that due to significant track improvement and upgrading work by the Hudson Bay Railway (HBR), the track owner, VIA's southbound train from Churchill to Winnipeg will be affected.

Visit Canada this summer at low cost

VIA Rail Canada announced today that for the second time in less than a year, during the entire week of April 19 to 25, it will be offering 60% off the regular fare for ticket reservations anywhere along its network, including all classes (Economy, Business, Sleeping cars).

Faster trips between Quebec City and Montreal

VIA Rail Canada is proud to introduce today significant service improvements to its Quebec City–Montreal route.

Metrolinx acquires Toronto-Barrie corridor

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.

Appointment to VIA Rail Canada

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.

Schedule changes to VIA's Manitoba services

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 to boost transcontinental trains

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.

Additional Parking Spaces at Port Hope Station

VIA Rail Canada is pleased to announce that it will be increasing parking capacity at Port Hope station.

VIA Rail expand renewal of passenger train cars

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.

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