FROM VIA RAIL TO TORONTO PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: ONE SIMPLE TICKETING TRANSACTION

VIA Rail Canada and Pacific Western Transportation Ltd. announce an intermodal partnership

TORONTO, June 9, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada and Pacific Western Transportation Ltd./Airport Express announce a partnership that would allow VIA passengers to purchase their train and bus travel to Toronto Pearson International Airport with one single transaction.

This agreement aims to promote public transportation and the benefits of intermodality while facilitating travel planning for users.

"VIA Rail wants to offer new solutions to the customers, and it is a pleasure to see that we can count on partners like Pacific Western Transportation, who shares the same vision of service, innovation and efficiency'', says Marc Laliberté, President and Chief Executive Officer, VIA Rail Canada.

"We are very pleased that our users will be able to access our Airport Express service through VIA Rail sales channels," says Dean Wright, General Manager at Pacific Western Transportation. "We continue to source innovative methods to facilitate travel and promote public transportation". VIA Rail and Pacific Western Transportation share a common and constant desire to surpass customer expectations."

About VIA Rail Canada

As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is to provide efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable passenger transportation in the country's two official languages. Each week, VIA operates 503 intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities across a 12,500-kilometre network. VIA safely transports over four million passengers annually. You can follow VIA Rail on Twitter and Facebook.

About Pacific Western Transportation

Pacific Western Transportation Ltd: (PWT) is one of Canada's largest privately-owned people transportation companies. Operating for over 50 years, Pacific Western Toronto has developed an extensive offering of high quality tourism services including Toronto Airport Express. As the 2010 IMG Operator of the Year, Pacific Western exceeds customer expectations by employing talented people who share in the dedication of a company committed to safety with service. To learn more about Pacific Western Transportation, please visit: www.PacificWesternToronto.com

For more information on the new service, or to reserve your tickets, visit http://www.viarail.ca/en/useful-info/related-services/toronto-airport-shuttle.  

SOURCE VIA RAIL CANADA INC.

For further information:

Media contacts: 

Anne-Sophie Desmeules
Media and Community Relations
VIA Rail Canada
(514) 871-6137
Anne-Sophie_Desmeules@viarail.ca

Dean Wright
General Manager
Pacific Western Transportation Ltd.
905-564-3232
Catherine Kaloutsky
Media and Community Relations
VIA Rail Canada
(416) 956-7683
Catherine_Kaloutsky@viarail.ca 


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