WINNIPEG, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Honourable Steven
Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) announced the completion of
upgrades by VIA Rail Canada to Winnipeg's Union Station. He was joined
by VIA Chairman Paul G. Smith; VIA President Marc Laliberté; Winnipeg
Deputy Mayor Justin Swandel; and BOMA Manitoba President Tom Skraba.
"These impressive upgrades to Winnipeg's historic station are a shining
example of the positive results to emerge from Canada's Economic Action
Plan," said Minister Fletcher. "Our Government is proud to invest in
projects like this that not only improve passenger rail service but
create jobs right here in Winnipeg."
Union Station's renovations included major repairs to the station roof
and train shed, including upgrades to make the over 100 year old
station more energy efficient, while carefully maintaining the
distinctive features of the heritage building's Beaux-Arts design. As a
result of these upgrades, Union Station was awarded the BESt level 2
certification for energy efficiency by the Building Owners and Managers
Association of Manitoba (BOMA). Funding for this $3 million
project came from the Government of Canada's $923 million investment in
VIA Rail for improvements to its facilities, equipment and
infrastructure. This includes $407 million through Canada's Economic
"Hundreds of thousands of people have travelled and still travel through
Union Station today - on business, connecting with family, tourists
getting their first glimpse of the West - people whose lives and
memories have been touched by this landmark in downtown Winnipeg," said
Chairman Paul Smith."As this centennial year begins, we are not just
celebrating the history of a station, but the role that rail has played
in this community - and will continue to play in the future."
For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca. To learn more about VIA Rail please visit www.viarail.ca.
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SOURCE VIA RAIL CANADA INC.
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| Brayden Akers |
Office of the Honourable Steven Fletcher
Minister of State (Transport)
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Transport Canada - Ottawa
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VIA Rail Canada
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