VIA RAIL Sets Ridership Record

VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) has announced that ticket revenue over the weekend of August 3 to August 8, 2017, reached its highest level, with sales up by 13 percent compared to the same period in 2016. 

The passenger service recorded 84,400 travelers on 372 VIA Rail trains from August 3 to August 8, an increase of 9.5 percent over 2016. Passengers covered more than 33 million kilometers for this time period. August 4 was the busiest day of the weekend, with 17,000 people travelling. The Quebec City-Windsor Corridor saw 77,000 passengers for these days, mostly between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. 

“The outstanding results from last weekend are further evidence of the popularity of VIA Rail’s trains with Canadians,” said VIA Rail President and CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano. 

“Whenever our trains are operating at almost full capacity, as was the case these past few days, our front-line staff offer services that meet the highest quality standards and our equipment is strictly maintained to ensure that these thousands of passengers reach their destinations safely and comfortably,” added Desjardins-Siciliano. “No detail is too small when it comes to providing the best possible experience.”