VIA Announces Additional Parking Spaces at Port Hope Station

    VIA remains committed to preserving heritage-designated Cobourg Station

PORT HOPE, ON, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada is pleased to announce that it will be increasing parking capacity at Port Hope station. VIA will be adding as many as 20 additional parking spaces to better serve passengers using the station, including the more than 50 commuters who travel with VIA between Port Hope and the Greater Toronto Area on a frequent basis. In addition to the extra parking, VIA will also be repaving the rail crossing to the east of the station. Work on this project is expected to begin this fall and should be completed before winter.

The work at Port Hope station complements the recently announced funding for a new and expanded station in Cobourg. The new station in Cobourg, worth as much as $ 7 million, is necessary in order to accommodate the steadily increasing ridership in the region. VIA predicts that ridership will continue to expand and outgrow the current station within the next two years. Additionally, the station alterations and expansions that would be required in order to accommodate the addition of a second passenger platform cannot be carried out at the current station, which is protected by the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act.

The new Cobourg station, new parking spaces in Port Hope and surrounding infrastructure improvements will better serve the region and its increasing number of passengers. VIA remains committed to preserving the current Cobourg station and will continue to work with the town to ensure that the building plays a meaningful role in the community for many years to come.

About VIA Rail Canada

As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is to provide efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective passenger transportation, both in Canada's business corridor and in remote and rural regions of the country. Every week, VIA operates 503 intercity, transcontinental and regional trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500-kilometre route network. The demand for VIA services is growing as travellers increasingly turn to train travel as a safe, hassle-free and environmentally responsible alternative to congested roads and airports. In 2008, VIA safely transported 4.6 million passengers - the most since 1989 - and set an all-time record of $299 million in revenue.

SOURCE VIA Rail Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Ashley Doyle, VIA Rail Canada, (416) 956-7613,

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