4.6% More Passengers on VIA Rail's Trains over the Family Day Long Weekend



From Friday, February 13th to Monday, February 16th incl.:


Québec City – Windsor corridor |

50,000 passengers – an increase of 4.6% compared to 2014

Increase in passenger revenues of 12.5% compared to 2014

Most popular destination: Toronto


MONTRÉAL, Feb. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - With a ridership increase of 4.6% over 2014, more Canadians opted for the safety and comfort of VIA Rail's trains for travel between Windsor and Québec City over the Family Day long weekend. VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) welcomed 50,000 passengers on its 207 trains serving communities between Windsor, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Montréal and Québec City, from February 13th to 16th inclusively.

As a result of the increased ridership, passenger revenues also rose - by 12.5% - compared to the same period in 2014. The route between Toronto and Montréal saw the highest ridership levels, and Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa and London were the most popular destinations.

On social media, VIA Rail customers continued to share their photos and comments about the high quality of customer service and the convenience of taking the train, especially in winter.

About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada (viarail.ca) and its 2,500 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities across Canada, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years, and was the recipient of the 2012 Agent's Choice Award voted by Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media. Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail. Read more about our transformation at viarail.ca/transformingvia.

Follow us on our Evolution Blog at viaevolution.ca - On Twitter @VIA_rail and @VIARailPrez - On Facebook.


SOURCE VIA Rail Canada Inc.

For further information: Mylène Bélanger, 514-871-6137, 1-877-393-8787, mylene_belanger@viarail.ca media@viarail.ca


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