Transport 2000 Canada Praises Investment in VIA Rail



    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - "Transport 2000 has been working for a long time
in support of VIA Rail investments announced by Minister Cannon today. Canada
needs a stronger passenger rail mode delivering timely, comfortable and
accessible service. This money will help," said David Jeanes, President of
Transport 2000 Canada.
    According to the national passenger group the money will be used by VIA
Rail to rebuild its locomotive fleet and sleeping cars which will lead to
improvements in Western and Eastern transcontinental services. All Renaissance
trainsets will have improved accessibility for disabled passengers. Overall
the investments will help Canada meet Kyoto targets with more attractive and
efficient trains in all areas served.
    "It is encouraging to see money for revitalizing rail infrastructure. A
good candidate would be the 'North Line' west from Toronto through Kitchener
where a modest investment would let VIA raise speeds and improve frequency,"
Jeanes said.
    Toronto-Ottawa-Montréal lines will also benefit, he said, and this in
turn will "give consumers a better low-carbon way to travel in that key
corridor".
    Jeanes thanked Cabinet for approving the package, which has been asked
for repeatedly by not only VIA Rail but by the travelling public and Transport
2000. He also thanked a number of eminent Canadians, including Margaret
Atwood, Edward Burtynsky, Jack Diamond, Lynn Johnston, Cathy Jones, Alice
Munro, Clayton Ruby, David Suzuki and Gideon Forman of the Canadian
Association of Physicians for the Environment who wrote to the Minister in
support of passenger rail service.





For further information:

For further information: Harry Gow, Past President, (819) 827-8552; Dan
Hammond, Past President, Transport 2000 Ontario, (416) 504-3934; Paul Langan,
Transport 2000 Canada spokesperson, Waterloo Region, (519) 993-0143; Harold
Nicholson, President, Transport 2000 Atlantic, (506) 375-6929; Normand
Parisien, Le directeur général de Transport 2000 Québec, (514) 932-8008;
Martin Wooldridge, President, Transport 2000 Prairie Region, (306) 771-4669;
George Wooldridge, President, Transport 2000 British Columbia, (306) 771-4669

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