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VIA to Reduce Service Due to Pandemic

January 15, 2022

With cases of COVID-19 surging VIA Rail Canada has decided to temporarily reduce service in its corridors between Windsor, Ontario, and Quebec City, Quebec.

VIA said the affected routes include Montreal-Ottawa, Quebec City-Montreal-Ottawa, Toronto-Kingston-Montreal, Toronto-Kingston-Ottawa, Toronto-London-Windsor and Toronto-London-Sarnia.

Business class seating has been suspended and business lounges are closed. VIA said it will gradually restore service during the spring.

In a statement, VIA said it will continue to offer “essential service” on all routes. The service reductions will take effect Jan. 19.

VIA Revenue, Ridership Increased in 2015

May 10, 2016

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.

VIA Reports 3.7% Revenue Increase in 2014

May 16, 2015

VIA Rail Canada reported a 3.7 percent increase in revenue for 2014. The passenger carrier earned $280.3 million (Canadian) compared with $270.4 million in 2013.

Operating expenses for 2014 increased to $597.4 million compared with $578 million in 2013.

The figures were contained in VIA’s annual report, which also indicated that the Toronto-Montreal corridor generated the greatest amount of revenue at $173.7 million.

“While challenges abound, VIA Rail’s overall 2014 performance confirms that the traveling public is buying into the solid value proposition train travel represents,” said VIA Rail President and Chief Executive Officer Yves Desjardins-Siciliano in a statement.

Among the service highlights for 2014 was the addition of new service between Toronto and Ottawa, which increased the level of service in the corridor to 48 departures per week in each direction.

VIA also completed refurbishment of its LRC business class fleet in 2014.