VIA Rail launches a new Bike Train between Montreal and Toronto



    
    Two departures per day in each direction from August 24 to October 8,
    2009
    

    MONTREAL, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada announces the launch of
the Montreal-Toronto Bike Train Initiative, offering outdoor enthusiasts an
easy and comfortable way to discover some popular cycling venues in Ontario
and Quebec. In partnership with the Ontario and Quebec Ministries of Tourism
and Alternative Transportation Options, VIA's Montreal-Toronto Bike Train
combines two green modes of transportation - cycling and train travel - a
natural choice for enjoying the country.
    Building on the success of the Toronto-Niagara Bike Train, the
Montreal-Toronto Bike Train will enable passengers to travel in comfort
between Montreal and Toronto with their bikes safely secured on board. The
installation of bike racks in the baggage car eliminates the need to box bikes
for transport. Each baggage car accommodates up to 6 bicycles per trip. From
cycling through Toronto's many multicultural neighbourhoods to linking up with
Quebec's famous Route verte, this environmentally friendly initiative will
have you seeing more greenery than you can imagine.
    The Montreal-Toronto Bike Train pilot project will operate between August
24 to October 8, 2009 on the following departures:

    
    Train 52 (Mon-Sat) - Departing Toronto at 7:05am,
                         Arriving Montreal at 12:33pm

    Train 53 (Mon-Sat) - Departing Montreal at 6:30am,
                         Arriving Toronto at 11:29am

    Train 66 (Sun-Fri) - Departing Toronto at 5:00pm,
                         Arriving Montreal at 9:38pm

    Train 67 (Sun-Fri) - Departing Montreal at 5:00pm,
                         Arriving Toronto at 9:47pm
    

    For more information customers can visit viarail.ca/biketrain. Tickets
for the Montreal-Toronto Bike Train must be purchased directly from
biketrain.ca/montrealtoronto or by calling 1 866 333 4491. For more
information on VIA Rail or to book a trip anywhere in the VIA system,
customers can visit viarail.ca or call 1 888 VIA RAIL (842-7245), TTY 1 800
268-9503 (hearing impaired).




For further information:

For further information: Ashley Doyle, VIA Rail Canada, (416) 956-7613,
Ashley_doyle@viarail.ca; Justin Lafontaine, Alternative Transportation
Options, (416) 392-1556, jlafont@toronto.ca


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