MONTREAL, July 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - As of June 15, VIA Rail's
long-haul train the Ocean has been equipped with the same Wi-Fi available to passengers on the
Québec City - Windsor corridor.
Available across more than 98% of the route between Montréal and
Halifax, the new Wi-Fi connection allows passengers to remain virtually
linked to work, friends and family throughout the trip. Using the Ocean's new Wi-Fi access, travellers may even choose to use their online
travel-time to find tourist information and plan their trip before
reaching their destination.
"The installation of Wi-Fi on the Ocean is part of our modernisation strategy for Canada's national passenger
rail service. VIA Rail is responding to a very tangible need in an era
where virtual communication and Web research are at the forefront of
people's daily activities. For VIA Rail, responding to the demands of
the travelling public is a concrete way to stand out and earn the
loyalty of our clients", declared Marc Laliberté, President and CEO of
Throughout the first three weeks of availability, nearly 20% of
travellers aboard the Ocean used the Wi-Fi service. Passengers transferred 58 gigabytes of data -
the equivalent of 100,000 web pages or 58,000 e-mails - without any
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate
is to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation
service, in both official languages of our country. VIA operates
intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities
across its 12,500-kilometre route network. Recipient of the Railway
Association of Canada's Safety Award in 2011 for the 11th time in 12 years, and of the 2013 Agent's Choice Award voted by
Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media, VIA safely
transports nearly four million passengers annually. Since 2007, the
Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail.
Follow the progress of our transformation at viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail/capital-investment.
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SOURCE: VIA Rail Canada Inc.
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