VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) has reported an increase of 5.9 percent in ridership for the 2017 first quarter compared to the same period in 2016. The company also reported an 8.4 percent increase in passenger revenue for the quarter, reducing VIA Rail’s requirement for government funding by 5.3 percent compared to the 2016 first quarter. Passengers travelled 10 million miles more in 2017, up from 2016 by 5.8 percent.
“I’m pleased to say that the positive trend of the last three years has continued into 2017 with a strong first quarter,” said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, VIA Rail’s president and CEO. “We have been setting ambitious goals, and thanks to our customer-focused strategy and the hard work and dedication of all our employees, we have been consistently meeting and exceeding these targets.”
“VIA Rail is dedicated to being part of Canada’s sustainable transportation system,” added Yves Desjardins-Siciliano. “By implementing concrete, affordable, and accessible solutions, we can encourage more Canadians to leave their cars at home and make VIA Rail their preferred choice for inter-city travel.”