HALIFAX, Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its ongoing
modernization, VIA Rail Canada recently sought expressions of interest
(EOI) from a number of potential investors to partner with VIA in the
development of some four acres of its property in the area surrounding
the Halifax train station. Pre-qualified candidates from the EOI stage
of the project will now be asked to make a formal proposal.
"We are seeking a partner that can work with us to leverage this
important asset, which is currently under-utilized," said VIA president
and chief executive officer Marc Laliberté. "We are looking for a
market-driven solution that will maximize service to our customers,
pave the way for a future increase in our ridership and have a positive
impact on the ongoing development of the greater Halifax region. The
strength of the local economy and the success of recent developments in
the port area and along Halifax's waterfront tell us that the time is
right to move forward with this initiative."
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's (www.viarail.ca) mandate is to provide safe, efficient and cost-effective passenger
transportation, in the country's two official languages. VIA operates
intercity, transcontinental and regional trains linking 450 communities
across its 12,500 kilometres route network. Winner of the 2011 RAC
Safety Award, VIA transports over four million passengers annually.
Find out more about the capital investment program at viarail.ca/transformingvia.
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SOURCE: VIA RAIL CANADA INC.
For further information:
Senior Advisor, Community Relations
VIA Rail Canada