A New Year and New Ottawa-Montréal Trains



    Additional daily mid-day departure gives travellers more options

    MONTREAL, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada today launched its new daily
mid-day departure between Montréal and Ottawa in both directions. The new
departure will provide more convenient connections for customers travelling
to/from Québec City. Travellers will be able to choose from six convenient
departures for their weekday travel. The mid-day departure makes stops at
Dorval and Alexandria, and includes a stop on request at Casselman.
    The new mid-day departure features VIA's state-of-the-art Renaissance
equipment offering single and double seating throughout the train and a lounge
car for VIA 1 customers. Electric plugs are available at every seat, including
Comfort and VIA 1 class cars. Customers travelling on Renaissance equipment
can also take advantage of the checked baggage service offered on all
departures except - Saturday train 635 and Sunday train 634.
    Until February 28, 2008, VIA Preference members can earn bonus points
when including train 634/635 in their travel plans. For more information visit
viarail.ca

    
    Ottawa - Montréal schedules
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      Train/                 Fallowfield           Train/           Montréal-
    Operation                 (Ottawa)-          Operation           (Ottawa)
                               Montréal                          Fallowfield
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    (*)30 (Mon-Fri)  06:26(6:50) - 08:38       31 (Mon-Fri)    06:45 - 08:34
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    630 (Saturday)         07:30 - 09:19          631 (Sat)    07:35 - 09:23
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    (*)32 (Mon-Fri) 09:01(09:25) - 11:05         33 (Daily)    10:00 - 11:44
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    632 (Sat/Sun)          09:50 - 11:37        635 (Daily)       1:05 p.m. -
                                                                  2:57 p.m.
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    634 (Daily)        1 p.m. - 2:49 p.m.       35 Sun-Fri        3:05 p.m. -
                                                                  4:50 p.m.
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    34 (Sun-Fri)    3:10 p.m. - 4:57 p.m.   (*)37 (Mon-Fri)       4:45 p.m. -
                                                           (6:29) 6:51 p.m.
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    36 (Mon-Fri)    4:25 p.m. - 6:02 p.m.   (*)39 (Mon-Fri)          6 p.m. -
                                                           (7:57) 8:23 p.m.
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    38 (Mon-Fri)    5:50 p.m. - 7:49 p.m.     639 (Sat/Sun)          6 p.m. -
                                                                  7:50 p.m.
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    638 (Sat/Sun)   5:50 p.m. - 7:41 p.m.
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    (*) Indicates train originates/terminates at Fallowfield.
    

    For more information on train schedules or to book a trip anywhere in the
VIA system, customers can visit VIA's secure Web site at viarail.ca.
Passengers also can book their tickets at self-ticketing kiosks in most Québec
City-Windsor Corridor stations, by calling 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245),
TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired), or through their travel agent.

    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is
to provide efficient and cost effective passenger transportation services,
both in Canada's busiest corridor and in remote and rural regions of the
country. Serving more than 450 communities across Canada, demand for rail
services continues to grow as more Canadians turn to train travel as a safe
and convenient travel choice.

    Note to assignment editors - Travel passes are available for media who
wish to travel on the inaugural trip of trains 634/635 on January 14, 2008, or
until January 31, 2008. To arrange for travel please contact either of the VIA
contacts listed below.




For further information:

For further information: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate Communications,
(416) 956-7683; Martin Roy, Corporate Communications, (514) 871-6119


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