VIA Rail Celebrates Earth Day With a 50% Cross-Canada Discount!



    MONTREAL, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - In an effort to promote the train as a
green way to travel, VIA Rail Canada is offering a 50% discount from April 20
to 26, 2009 for travel until June 30, 2009 in Comfort class anywhere on VIA's
network. This year, VIA will also reinforce its commitment to the environment
with the announcement of a new Earth Day Canada partnership. VIA is also
maintaining its ongoing commitment to Earth Day Quebec. VIA supports these
organisations that provide Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools
they need to lessen their impact on the environment.
    Earth Day promotional efforts will be held from April 20 to 26, 2009. To
take part, you must register on VIA's web site at viarail.ca/earth before
April 26. You will receive a code that allows you to reserve tickets. To
receive your discount code, you must reserve a ticket and travel before June
30, 2009. The discount applies strictly to Comfort class tickets.
    "The train provides a more ecological and responsible way to travel,"
says VIA Rail President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Côté. "It's a green
choice, one with the potential to play an increasingly significant role in the
reduction of greenhouse gases. This is why we're celebrating Earth Day by
offering a discount to all passengers as well as our new partnership with two
organisations that are committed to environmental education and a greener
future".
    VIA Rail seeks to maintain its environmental commitment and reduce its
ecological footprint by recycling and reusing waste while pursuing new ways to
improve locomotives and cars. Since 1990, VIA Rail has reduced its greenhouse
gas emissions by more than 15%, which is roughly equal to 31,000 tons of CO2,
or 10 million litres of fuel.

    About VIA Rail

    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is
to provide efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost effective passenger
transportation services, both in Canada's busiest 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.

    About Earth Day Canada

    Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990,
provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen
their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was recognized as the top
environmental education organization in North America, for its innovative
year-round programs and educational resources, by the Washington-based North
American Association for Environmental Education, the world's largest
association of environmental educators. In 2008 it was chosen as Canada's
"Outstanding Non-profit Organization" by the Canadian Network for
Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with
thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada. You can find them at
www.earthday.ca.

    Jour de la Terre - French web site only

    Le Jour de la Terre Québec a pour mission de stimuler et valoriser
l'action positive à l'égard de l'environnement, auprès des citoyens, des
municipalités, des organismes et des entreprises. Au Québec, c'est depuis 1995
qu'on le célèbre en organisant toutes sortes d'actions concrètes et
d'activités de sensibilisation. Pour en savoir plus, visitez le
www.jourdelaterre.org.




For further information:

For further information: Nadia Seraiocco, Media and Corporate
Communications, (514) 871-6119, Nadia_seraiocco@viarail.ca


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