VIA Revenue, Ridership Increased in 2015

VIA Rail Canada said that in 2015 it posted its first gains in ridership and revenue in seven years.

The Canadian passenger carrier said its total total passenger miles were up 1.7 while revenue rose by 6.2 percent.

VIA said its funding needs from the federal government declined by 11.7 percent, which was $13 million less than planned.

VIA Rail Canada“There are many reasons to be optimistic, including the focus that our government has on strengthening the Canadian economy through job-creating investments and sustainable transportation,” said Eric Stefanson, VIA Rail’s former interim chairman. “This year, the Government of Canada confirmed additional capital funding of $102 million for VIA Rail. This investment will be used to improve the infrastructure VIA Rail owns, as well as services in and around the Ottawa area. Keeping Canadians mobile is imperative to a strong and healthy economy.”

VIA said that during the past year it launched a new mobile application,  redesigned its website and launched an Instagram profile.

It also began SMS/Email train alert service, implemented prestige class on The Canadian and began 50/50 seat configuration economy class service.

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