VIA Rail's Western Stations Introduce Free Wi-Fi Service



    Travellers Can Now Stay Connected During Cross-Canada Journey

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada is pleased to announce that
free Wi-Fi access is now available to passengers travelling on its western
transcontinental train. The installation of Wi-Fi access at four major
stations enroute, a first for transcontinental trains in North America, means
passengers will be able to stay connected each day of the three-day journey.
VIA's Canadian departs Vancouver and Toronto three times weekly on a
three-day, three-night journey through Canada's heartland.
    Winnipeg's Union Station was the first VIA station in the west to be
Wi-Fi equipped. With Edmonton, the last of the stations to be equipped,
installation at each of VIA's major terminal stops along the Canadian's route
is complete. Thanks to the service available through local internet providers,
VIA customers can now "log on" in Vancouver, Jasper, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
Passengers will now be able to stay in touch with family members to
"check-in," or simply relay their trans-Canada experience. The service is free
to VIA's Silver & Blue (first-class) passengers.
    Wi-Fi service is currently also available on a pay-per-use basis in most
major stations, on-board trains, and in premier-class Panorama Lounges in
VIA's Windsor to Québec City Corridor.
    "The installation of wireless access in VIA's western stations is
significant because it displays VIA's commitment to adding value to customers
who travel on this train," said Jim Kleiner, VIA's Director of Customer
Experience in Vancouver. "Many of our customers on-board come from all over
the world, and being able to stay connected with family throughout their trip
may provide a reassurance that allows them to completely relax and enjoy our
service and the changing landscape."
    Passengers whose computers are equipped with Wi-Fi technology or who use
personal digital assistants will automatically have the service available when
they turn on their devices.
    In addition to VIA's Wi-Fi service, travellers have access to online
bookings. This will ease the process of travelling at every single step.

    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail connects the entire
world to the West's vibrant tourism industry. With more than 700 employees in
Western Canada, VIA is dedicated to improving the quality of passenger
service. From Northern Manitoba, across Saskatchewan and Alberta, to British
Columbia's Pacific Rim, VIA serves more than 100 communities. VIA continues to
develop, market and deliver services to meet the needs of Western Canadians,
in partnership with the people, communities and businesses served by passenger
rail. For more information on VIA Rail Canada's products, services and fares,
contact VIA Rail Canada at 1 888 VIA-RAIL (842-7245), TTY 1 800 268-9503
(hearing impaired), visit viarail.ca. or contact your local travel agent.





For further information:

For further information: VIA Contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate
Communications, (416) 956-7683, catherine_kaloutsky@viarail.ca; Guy Faulkner,
Strategic Alliances, (514) 871-6305, guy_faulkner@viarail.ca


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