MONTREAL, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada announced today that as of April 6, travel times on the Montreal - Quebec City route will be significantly reduced with the introduction of new schedules.
Trip times will be shortened by as much as 20 minutes, while arrival and departure times for certain trains will be changed to better suit customer needs. For example, train 21 will now leave Quebec City at 05:35 a.m., Sainte-Foy at 06:00 a.m. and arrive in Montreal at 08:32 a.m., as opposed to the current 9:17 a.m.
With the start of the new schedule, VIA will assign on this route its newest, most powerful and fuel-efficient locomotives. This will allow better acceleration and maximum possible track speeds throughout the trip.
"Our customers have told us they want faster schedules," said VIA's President and CEO Marc Laliberté, "and we listened. We hope these changes will help better meet their needs and attract new customers."
To view VIA's new Quebec City-Montreal schedules, please click here (http://www.viarail.ca/en/trains/ontario-and-quebec/montreal-quebec-city/schedules).
For more information on VIA's train schedules and fares, customers can visit www.viarail.ca or call 1 888 VIA RAIL (842-7245), TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).
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As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is to provide efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective passenger transportation - in both official languages. Every week, VIA operates 503 intercity, transcontinental and regional trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500-kilometre route network. The demand for VIA services is growing as travellers increasingly turn to train travel as a safe, reliable and environmentally responsible alternative to congested roads and airports.
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