Maritime Bus and VIA Rail Canada Join Forces

MONTREAL, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - A new operating partnership between Maritime Bus and VIA Rail Canada will greatly improve service and add options for Maritimes travellers. The two companies will share the existing VIA Rail stations in Halifax, Truro, and Moncton as at December 1st, 2012.

"This partnership is wonderful news for our customers," says Mike Cassidy, president of Maritime Bus. "Customers have been asking for both bus and rail services to be under one roof with schedules that complement each mode of travel."

Passengers will be able to book joint train and motorcoach trips on VIA Rail's website in a seamless fashion in a single transaction by Spring 2013. VIA Rail's Chief, Marketing and Sales Officer, Steve Del Bosco, says: "VIA Rail thinks the more we integrate transportation services, the easier it is for travellers to use our services, and the better it is for all carriers. We propose to integrate web ticketing, harmonize schedules and cross-promote intermodal services to increase the mobility of Canadians and help them make the most efficient use of the transport system".

About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's (www.viarail.ca) mandate is to provide safe, efficient and cost-effective passenger transportation in the country's two official languages. VIA operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500-kilometre network. Recipient of the RAC's Safety Award in 2012 for the 11th time in 12 years, and of the 2012 Agent's Choice Award voted on by Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media, VIA safely transports over four million passengers annually. Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided VIA Rail with nearly one billion dollars in capital investment funding. Follow the evolution of current projects at viarail.ca/transformingvia.

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About Maritime Bus
Maritime Bus is the new line run passenger and parcel service for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island with connections to anywhere in Canada… 40 terminal and agency locations will be operating seven days a week throughout the Maritime region.

Bus travellers and parcel customers are encouraged to visit the new line run website at www.maritimebus.com, call Maritime Bus' contact centre at 1-800-575-1807 or email info@maritimebus.com.


SOURCE: Maritime Bus

For further information:

Media contact:

Mike Cassidy
Maritime Bus
902 393-0139

Mylène Bélanger
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
VIA Rail Canada
514 871-6137 | 1 877 393-8787
mylene_belanger@viarail.ca