03/30/2011 AT 08:35
Over the past months, VIA has consulted with Brockville residents and local representatives and went back to the drawing board to develop a revised design more reflective of a traditional railway station and more attuned to the historic character of the city. “The communities we serve matter to us,” explained Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, VIA's General Counsel and Secretary. “The input we received from the people of Brockville, its community leaders and some of our 65,000 passengers who use the station annually, has allowed us to enhance the station's design, and move forward with this important capital investment in this historic city.”
“VIA Rail was responsive to concerns that the initial design was not in keeping with the ‘local flavour,' and those concerns were taken into account,” declared Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown. “I believe the people of Brockville will be very pleased,” he added.
The revised design contains elements consistent with other public buildings in eastern Ontario, while also incorporating more modern elements such as large track-facing windows to allow for optimal natural light and a broad view of the platform and arriving and departing trains.
VIA will now move forward with the development of formal plans and design specifications, with a view to proceeding with construction in 2012. VIA will publicize more precise dates as soon as they are known.
Paul G. Smith, recently appointed as VIA Rail Canada's Chairman, said that “VIA Rail is undergoing one of the biggest transformations in the corporation's history.” When it is completed, he concluded VIA Rail “will be a market leader, offering Canada's best travel experience.”
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.