MONTREAL - January 9th, 2013 - Between December 20th and January 6th, VIA Rail welcomed 14% more passengers than last year on its legendary service, The Canadian.
to 7,000 passengers travelling on 10 trains chose The Canadian to take
them home for the holidays while enjoying Canada's breathtaking
landscapes, VIA Rail's attentive and courteous service and its
The most popular legs of the journey were (in order of passenger volume)
Jasper-Vancouver, Edmonton-Vancouver, Toronto-Winnipeg,
Saskatoon-Winnipeg, Edmonton-Winnipeg and Toronto-Vancouver.
On these trains, sleeper facilities attained an average occupancy level
of 74.4% (maximum of 79.1%) while coach cars reached 72.7% (maximum of
"We often think of The Canadian as a memorable way to discover our
beautiful country, said Marc Laliberté, President and CEO of VIA Rail.
And it certainly makes for a great family or romantic holiday. But this
year, more people than ever before, chose to travel aboard our VIA Rail
trains between Toronto, Vancouver and cities in between making The
Canadian a true inter-city travel option. Thanks to our employees who
have remarkably served our customers and allow them to enjoy a unique
This year, many new Canadians also chose The Canadian to explore their
country of adoption during the holidays, by taking advantage of VIA
Rail's collaboration with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC).
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada's (www.viarail.ca)
mandate is to provide safe, efficient and reliable passenger
transportation, with service in the country's two official languages.
VIA operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450
communities across its 12,500-kilometre network. Recipient of the RAC's
Safety Award in 2012 for the 11th time in 12 years, and of the 2012
Agent's Choice Award voted on by Canadian travel agents and presented by
Baxter Travel Media, VIA safely transports over four million passengers
annually. Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided VIA Rail
with nearly $1 billion in capital investment funding. Follow the
evolution of current projects at viarail.ca/transformingVIA
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