VIA Operations Prepared for Increased Traffic As Unsettled Weather Continues



    Second Major Snowfall forecasted for weekend travel

    MONTREAL, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - With the snow continuing to fall and a forecast
calling for a second major snowstorm this week in the Quebec region, VIA Rail
Canada wishes to remind travellers that it has added capacity on all routes
within the Windsor - Québec City corridor and will continue to monitor the
demand for seats as the week progresses.
    Every available piece of equipment has been pressed into service to
respond to the increased demand for space.
    Passengers are advised to book as early as possible and to verify
departure and arrival times. Information and reservations are available at
viarail.ca, at 1888 VIA-RAIL (1888 842-7245), TTY 1800-268-9503 (hearing
impaired), or through your travel agent.
    Customers can also use the ticket kiosks to avoid lengthy line-ups or
driving and parking stresses associated with inclement weather. Ticket kiosks
are 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.

    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is
to provide efficient, environmentally responsible and cost effective passenger
transportation services, both in Canada's business corridor and in remote and
rural regions of the country. VIA serves more than 450 communities with a
network of inter-city, transcontinental and regional trains. Demand continues
to grow, as more Canadians turn to train travel as a hassle-free and
cost-efficient alternative to congested roads and airports.





For further information:

For further information: Catherine Kaloutsky, (416) 956-7683, (647)
228-1127 (CELL)


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