VIA's Flagship Canadian is Moving to a New Schedule



    New Departure Times restore coast-to-coast service and Connections

    VANCOUVER, June 25 /CNW/ - On December 2, 2008, VIA's flagship western
transcontinental Canadian will depart at a new time. A new evening departure
time from both Vancouver and Toronto will enable passengers to make
connections in Toronto to/from eastern Canada, as well as provide customers
with more daylight viewing through the Rockies. The cross-country journey will
move from a three-day, three night trip to a three-day, four-night schedule
and will also include additional time at select enroute stations where the
opportunity for touring is possible.
    "The redesign of the Canadian's schedule was undertaken with our
customers in mind," said VIA's Chief Customer Officer, Steve Del Bosco. "We
want to provide the best total travel experience for our customers, from the
service in our stations and on board, to the overall on-time operation of the
train itself. This new schedule addresses not only the needs of our customers
but tour operators as well."

    
    Highlights of the redesigned schedule:

    -   The new schedule comes into effect December 2, 2008;
    -   The operating departure days from Vancouver and Toronto remain
        unchanged;
    -   Thrice weekly departures from Toronto on Tuesday, Thursday and
        Saturday;
    -   Thrice weekly departures from Vancouver on Tuesday, Friday and
        Sunday;
    -   One additional night is added to the schedule in each direction thus
        changing the arrival days in Toronto and Vancouver;
    -   The departure times at both originating terminals move to an evening
        departure.
        -  Train No.1 - departs Toronto at 22:00 and arrives in
           Vancouver +4 at 09:42
        -  Train No.2 - departs Vancouver at 20:30 and arrives in Toronto +4
           at 09:30

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                                  Westbound
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                    Departs                        Arrives
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                Toronto - 22:00              Winnipeg - 08:00 +2
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                Winnipeg - 12:00             Saskatoon - 23:22
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                Saskatoon - 23:47            Edmonton - 06:37 +1
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                Edmonton - 07:37             Jasper - 13:00
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                Jasper - 14:30               Kamloops - 23:09
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                Kamloops - 23:44             Vancouver - 09:42 +1
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                                  Eastbound
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                    Departs                        Arrives
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                Vancouver - 20:30            Kamloops - 06:00 +1
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                Kamloops - 06:35             Jasper - 16:00
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                Jasper - 17:30               Edmonton - 23:00
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                Edmonton - 23:45             Saskatoon - 08:45+1
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                Saskatoon - 09:10            Winnipeg - 20:30
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                Winnipeg - 23:30             Toronto - 09:30 +1
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    The new schedule will mean a change in train operations for some
communities. For example, in the Prairies and British Columbia (Saskatoon,
Kamloops) the new eastbound operation will make daylight train travel a viable
option.
    VIA's Canadian was the only regularly-scheduled train in North America to
be included in the Society of International Railway Travelers, 2008 "World Top
25 Trains". From Toronto to Vancouver, no matter the time of year, the images
are unforgettable: mountain sheep grazing in the Rockies, elk loitering
outside Jasper, the skyline of Toronto looming on the horizon.
    And if you choose to add a touch of elegance to your journey with VIA's
Silver & Blue class, it begins with a bon voyage reception and continues with
award-winning service that includes on-board fine dining, accommodations and
attention par excellence. Passengers can enjoy the scenery from the large
picture windows of their seats or from the 360 degree scenic dome.
    For more information on VIA's Canadian, train schedules or to book a trip
anywhere in the VIA system, customers can visit VIA's secure Web site at
viarail.ca. Passengers also can book their tickets at self-ticketing kiosks in
most Québec City-Windsor Corridor stations, by calling 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888
842-7245), TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired), or through their travel
agent.

    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. Increasingly
travellers are turning to train travel as a hassle-free and cost-efficient
alternative to congested roads and airports as well as a more environmentally
responsible way to travel.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate
Communications, (416) 956-7683, Catherine_kaloutsky@viarail.ca; Ashley Doyle,
Corporate Communications, (416) 956-7613, Ashley_doyle@viarail.ca


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