MONTREAL – After posting record results last summer, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) expects an even busier 2017 season. Preliminary reservation data shows many Canadians will be taking the train to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. VIA Rail’s preparations for the summer season included increasing capacity on the trains most in demand and adding direct connections between Ottawa and Quebec City, as well as new stops in Saint-Hyacinthe during peak hours.
VIA Rail – A new look on board (CNW Group/VIA Rail Canada Inc.)
“Our efforts are focused on offering a service that meets the needs expressed by our customers, so that more people choose to take the train. Over the next few months, VIA Rail expects to see a 5% overall increase in the number of available seats per mile compared to the summer of 2016. For Canada’s 150th anniversary, we invite all those wishing to participate in the festivities to get on board our trains- it’s the best way to see Canada,” said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail.
Ottawa – Montreal – Quebec City
Starting May 29, the number of direct connections on the popular Quebec City – Montreal – Ottawa route will increase once again this year. A new Sunday afternoon departure in both directions will be added to the schedule, offering another option for those wishing to return home at the end of the weekend. A daily direct connection to Quebec City will also be added to the schedule.
Additional stops in Saint-Hyacinthe
VIA Rail has listened to its passengers and added two more stops at Saint-Hyacinthe station during peak hours starting May 29. Passengers will now have a choice of three trains heading to Montreal and then on to Ottawa: 07:58*am, 11:09am and 8:20pm. Trains bound for Quebec City will leave the station at 7:00am, 9:43am (on weekends), 1:33pm, 5:29*pm and 7:16pm.
A new look on board
These improvements are complemented by a style change for front-line employees, who began wearing brand-new accessories a few days ago. VIA Rail developed a new style for its accessories, in line with its updated, dynamic brand image, that features bright colours to make employees more visible to passengers needing assistance.