Intercity Passenger Rail

VIA Rail Canada, the national passenger railway, serves over 450 communities across 14,000 kilometres of rail network. In 2011, intercity passenger service carried 4.5 million passengers. VIA Rail is in the final stages of investing the $923 million in federal government funding allocated for infrastructure improvements, equipment refurbishments, stations, facilities, and information technology projects. This much-needed investment is welcomed; however, the operating and capital budgets of VIA Rail are dwarfed by the support accorded to intercity passenger rail in other G-8 countries.

There are opportunities to increase ridership on VIA in certain corridors, such as the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor, particularly the Montreal/Ottawa/ Toronto triangle, and further investments will be required to reduce transit times to make key routes more attractive and commercially viable.

 

Media Contact:
Mr. Paul Goyette
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Telephone: (613) 564-8097
PaulG@railcan.ca


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