For the period from December 18, 2013 to January 7, 2014
VIA Rail Network |
Ridership: 274,462 passengers
Departures: 1,195 trains
Ridership increase compared to 2012-2013: 9.5%
Train occupancy increase of 8.9 percentage points compared to 2012-2013
Québec City-Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto Route |
Revenue increase of 12.4% compared to 2012-2013
MONTREAL, Jan. 10, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 274,000 passengers
trusted VIA Rail for travel within Canada over the Holidays, from
December 18, 2013 to January 7, 2014.
"The train was the preferred means of travel for many Canadians over the
Holidays thanks to its comfort and the reliability of its service
despite the winter conditions. This year, even more Canadians trusted
VIA Rail to get them to their Holiday destinations. The total number of
passengers increased by 9.5% compared to last year," affirmed Sylvie
Bourget, VIA Rail's Chief Marketing and Sales Officer.
"The Holidays are the busiest time of the year for VIA Rail and its
success is the result of our employees' dedication and
More Holiday Highlights
Over the Holidays, hundreds of employees were working on board our
trains, in our train stations, at our maintenance centers and at VIA
Rail's headquarters in order to ensure the reliability of our
The Montréal-Toronto line was the most popular route on the network this
season, serving 61,163 passengers. The line between Toronto and Windsor
saw a ridership increase of 24%, which represents the largest increase
on any route when comparing ridership to last year's Holiday season.
In the Québec City-Windsor corridor, Friday, December 23rd was the busiest day with 15,700 passengers travelling on board our
trains, generating over $1 million of ticket sale revenues.
On the long-hauls, the Ocean service, which travels between Montréal and Halifax, welcomed more than
7,500 passengers over the Holiday season. Meanwhile, the Canadian, which connects Toronto to Vancouver, saw close to 6,700 passengers on
The uncommonly harsh winter weather seen across the country over the
Holidays caused several delays. Nevertheless, all passengers who booked
travel through VIA Rail reached their destinations safely.
Passengers Like to Stay Connected
Thanks to its world-class on board Wi-Fi service offered throughout the
Québec City - Windsor corridor as well as on the eastern long-haul
train, the Ocean, VIA Rail allows its passengers to stay connected and online throughout
their journey. Over the Holidays, over 144,000 devices connected to VIA
Rail's Wi-Fi system and transmitted approximately 6,740GB of
information through the web, which is the equivalent of 6.9 million
In the spirit of the Holidays, all Canadians were invited to participate
in VIA Rail's "Sound the Horn" contest. Participants were encouraged to
sound a train whistle and then enter the contest to win travel credits
for use across our network. This year, from among the 25,540
participants, seven lucky winners were awarded travel credits that
ranged in value from $250 - $2,500!
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate
is to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation
service, in both official languages of our country. VIA operates
intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities
across its 12,500-kilometre route network. Recipient of the Railway
Association of Canada's Safety Award in 2012 for the 11th time in 12 years, and of the 2013 Agent's Choice Award voted by
Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media, VIA Rail
safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. Since 2007,
the Government of Canada has invested more than a billion dollars in
VIA Rail. Follow the progress of our transformation at viarail.ca/transformingvia.
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SOURCE: VIA Rail Canada Inc.
For further information:
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
VIA Rail Canada
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