VIA Rail looking to improve Halifax station property - Seeks partner to develop land adjacent to Halifax station

HALIFAX, Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its ongoing modernization, VIA Rail Canada recently sought expressions of interest (EOI) from a number of potential investors to partner with VIA in the development of some four acres of its property in the area surrounding the Halifax train station.  Pre-qualified candidates from the EOI stage of the project will now be asked to make a formal proposal.

"We are seeking a partner that can work with us to leverage this important asset, which is currently under-utilized," said VIA president and chief executive officer Marc Laliberté.  "We are looking for a market-driven solution that will maximize service to our customers, pave the way for a future increase in our ridership and have a positive impact on the ongoing development of the greater Halifax region. The strength of the local economy and the success of recent developments in the port area and along Halifax's waterfront tell us that the time is right to move forward with this initiative."

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, transcontinental and regional trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500 kilometres route network. Winner of the 2011 RAC Safety Award, VIA transports over four million passengers annually. Find out more about the capital investment program at viarail.ca/transformingvia.

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SOURCE: VIA RAIL CANADA INC.

For further information:

Media Contact
Malcolm Andrews
Senior Advisor, Community Relations
VIA Rail Canada
514 946-4160
Malcolm_Andrews@viarail.ca


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