MONTREAL, May 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - With its strategy of creating
partnerships with airlines and other transport providers allowing
passengers to plan, book and pay for intermodal trips in a seamless
fashion, VIA Rail Canada (viarail.ca) received the "AirRail Concept of the Year" award at the Global AirRail Awards 2013 ceremony, in Frankfurt on May 16th. The Global AirRail Awards ceremony is one of the most prestigious awards ceremony dedicated to
the international air-rail market, recognizing best practices in
intermodal travel around the world.
Steve Del Bosco, Chief Marketing and Sales at VIA Rail, said: "This
award recognizes VIA Rail's leadership in developing intermodal
partnerships. We are extremely proud of this world-class distinction.
At VIA Rail, we are working to develop innovative solutions that will
facilitate travel for Canadians while providing greater choice and
optimizing use of the transportation system. "
The "AirRail Concept of the Year" award was created to recognize a vision, a design, a strategic plan or an idea
that will significantly improve the experience of passengers traveling
by air or rail. The Global AirRail Awards also recognized another Canadian intermodal project. Union Pearson
Express, a division of Metrolinx in Toronto, received the Project of the Year award for the air rail link that will connect Union Station in downtown
Toronto to Pearson International Airport. This practical, reliable and
fast service will serve 5,000 people per day, including many VIA Rail
passengers. For more information about the awards presented at the Global AirRail Awards 2013 ceremony, please visit www.airrailawards.com.
About VIA Rail's intermodal partnerships
More than 15 intermodal partnerships were concluded since 2010 aimed at
improving the interconnectivity with other passenger carriers across
the country. To date, this strategy has led to partnerships with:
major urban transportation companies - Agence métropolitaine de
transport in Montréal and GO Transit in Toronto;
motor coach transportation companies - notably AirConnect shuttle bus to
Montréal Trudeau airport, Pacific Western Transportation, operating the
Express shuttle bus to Toronto Pearson airport, Robert Q in South-West
Ontario, Maritime Bus in Eastern-Canada, Red Arrow in Alberta and
Pacific Coach Lines between Vancouver and Victoria;
and airline companies - Air Transat, Royal Jordanian, Air North.
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's (viarail.ca) 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, and safely
transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was
awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over
the last eight years, and is recipient of the 2012 Agent's Choice Award
voted by Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media.
Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested almost a billion
dollars in VIA Rail. Follow the progress of our transformation at www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail/capital-investment.
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SOURCE: VIA Rail Canada Inc.
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VIA Rail Canada
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