MONTREAL, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Since the launch of a special
program in 2010, more than 76,000 members of the military and their
families have travelled within Canada on VIA Rail (viarail.ca) trains.
"Every year, the month of November is a time for all Canadians to
reflect on the military's efforts and sacrifices in times of war and
peace. At VIA Rail, we like to make sure they know that their
dedication is not forgotten, which is why we take this of year time to
recognize the contribution made by the men and women of the Canadian
military. As Canada's national passenger rail service, it is an honor
for VIA Rail to help them discover the many sights of the country they
have vowed to defend with courage and determination," declared Marc
Laliberté, CEO of VIA Rail.
Among the 76,000 military travelers, destinations within the Québec -
Windsor Corridor were the most popular, with close to 90% choosing the
area, and a quarter of these travelled between Montréal and Toronto.
The Canadian, linking Toronto to Vancouver, attracted more than 3% of travellers,
while The Ocean, running between Montréal and Halifax, carried about 7%.
Since November 2010, VIA Rail has offered a 25 percent discount off the
best available fare, with no route or date restrictions, to military
personnel, veterans, and up to five members of their family.
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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