MONTREAL, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Many people took advantage of the
Thanksgiving holiday to discover Canada's fall landscapes and to visit
distant family on VIA Rail trains (viarail.ca). From October 10 to October 15,2013, VIA Rail welcomed 81,537 travellers aboard.
"The Thanksgiving holiday week-end is the most popular long weekend of
the year for VIA Rail. We'd like to thank all our customers, and the
staff who ensured that they had a safe and comfortable trip. They are
contributing to the development of a train culture in Canada", said
Marc Laliberté, President and CEO at VIA Rail.
The three most popular routes included Montréal-Toronto (19,000
passengers), Toronto-Windsor (15,200 passengers) and
Toronto-Ottawa-Montréal (12,900 passengers). This year noted
significant growth in the number of passengers travelling on the
Toronto-Ottawa route and the Toronto- Windsor route, with increases of
27 % and 32 % respectively as compared to the same weekend in 2012.
Many travellers took the time to share their experience through social
media. They sent messages about the great performance of the onboard
Wi-Fi, the comfort of the cars and the great customer service both
pre-boarding and onboard that they received. One passenger summed it up
well, with his simple tweet, "Putting my feet up and letting VIA Rail
take care of my transport this holiday weekend."
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate
is to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation
service, in both official languages of our country. VIA operates
intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities
across its 12,500-kilometre route network. Recipient of the Railway
Association of Canada's Safety Award in 2011 for the 11th time in 12 years, and of the 2013 Agent's Choice Award voted by
Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media, VIA safely
transports nearly four million passengers annually. Since 2007, the
Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail.
Follow the progress of our transformation at viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail/capital-investment.
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SOURCE: VIA Rail Canada Inc.