02/24/2011 AT 05:36
Mr. Smith explained that VIA is expanding track capacity, remanufacturing locomotives and rail cars, and modernizing passenger stations and information technology systems … all as part of a major five-year $923M capital improvement program, due to be completed by 2013.
He also described how VIA will make passenger rail a primary transportation “backbone” between major urban centres by offering faster, more frequent and more convenient service. Mr. Smith recognized the foresight of the Government of Canada which has provided close to one billion dollars for capital investments to VIA Rail, since 2007, in part through its Economic Action Plan. This infusion of capital represents the biggest capital investment in VIA's history. He underlined that passenger train investments are on the rise worldwide.
Mr. Smith stressed the pressing need for sustainable solutions that address the real environmental and congestion-related challenges facing inter-city transportation in Canada today and in the future. He maintained that “through improved efficiency and integration with different modes of passenger transportation, the train is ideally positioned to help Canada meet these challenges.” He emphasized that passenger rail is one of the most environmentally sustainable modes of public transportation.
“Add it all up, and it means that the need for efficient, high quality, and sustainable public transportation is becoming more important than ever.” concluded Mr. Smith.
VIA Rail Canada announced today that starting Friday, January 21, 2011 it will be offering a 50% discount on the adult regular fare in Economy class and in Sleeper and Sleeper Touring class.
With a winter storm hitting much of southern Ontario, VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers that all trains in the Ontario – Québec corridor are operating.
VIA Rail announced that it has awarded a $600,000 contract for repairs to two passenger cars to New Richmond-based Gaspésie Diesel. The mandate consists of repairs to the body structure of a coach and Skyline (dome) car, as well as to their ventilation, electrical and water supply systems.
Via Rail announced an investment of $5.1 million in VIA Rail's Heritage train station in Vancouver.
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.
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.
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).
VIA Rail Canada is proud to introduce today significant service improvements to its Quebec City–Montreal route.
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.