March Break Madness and yet another snowstorm!



    VIA adds more cars to this weekend's departures

    MONTREAL, March 7 /CNW/ - With severe winter storm warnings announced for
this weekend throughout much of the Windsor to Québec City corridor, and the
frenzy of March break for students already underway, VIA Rail Canada wishes to
advise travellers that it has added capacity to its train operations to
accommodate increased demand. At least 17 additional cars will be circulating
throughout the region today and tomorrow, providing almost 1200 extra seats.
    VIA has been experiencing high travel volumes today throughout much of
Ontario and many eastbound trains are close to sold out. With the anticipated
heavy snowfall, passengers are advised to book as early as possible to ensure
space is available.
    Passengers are also advised to leave plenty of time to pick up their
tickets as VIA anticipates lengthy line ups in major stations. Customers can
also use the ticket kiosks located in the following Corridor locations:
Québec, Ste-Foy, Montréal, Dorval, Ottawa, Fallowfield, Kingston, Belleville,
Cobourg, Oshawa, Toronto, Oakville, Aldershot, Brantford, Guelph, Kitchener,
London and Windsor to avoid lengthy line-ups.
    VIA operates some 60 trains per day throughout the Windsor-Québec City
Corridor.
    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 by calling 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888
842-7245), TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired). Tickets are also available
at kiosks in major Corridor stations or through their travel agent.
    VIA offers a stress-free, safe and comfortable winter travel alternative.
For a complete listing of train departures, station and on-board services as
well as fare plans, visit viarail.ca .





For further information:

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


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