Happy National Rail Day!
In the spirit of Canada’s National Rail Day, here’s an opportunity to learn a little about VIA Rail, your national passenger rail service!
Did You Know That VIA Rail Is…
1. A CROWN CORPORATION
Its operations are funded by ticket sales (54%) while the remaining deficit (46%) is subsidized by the Government of Canada.
2. ACROSS CANADA
VIA Rail has up to 497 departures weekly, it connects over 450 Canadian communities,
and transports 4.1 million passengers yearly.
3. FROM SEA TO SEA
4. TRANSFORMING ITSELF
Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested close-to $1 Billion in modernizing VIA trains, expanding its tracks, building and renovating its stations and introducing new technology.
5. FOR ALL CANADIANS
VIA Rail has invested $12.1 Million since 2007 into maintaining its leadership in accessible inter-city transportation.
6. A GREEN CHOICE
One train can replace 10 buses or 180 cars when comparing GHG emissions per capacity, according to Environment Canada.
7. EFFICIENT AND PRODUCTIVE
VIA Rail continues to serve the same number of yearly passengers, while having less
managers (-15%) and fewer workers (-9%) compared to 2009.
VIA Rail is a recognized leader in crossing safety programs (RAC), travel marketing
(Baxter Travel Media Agent’s Choice Award) and customer loyalty (2009 “Company of
the Year” by the Association du marketing relationnel).
9. A “TREASURED” COMPANY
10. TO BE CELEBRATED
In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary while VIA Rail will mark its 40th.
Our trains connect with more than 15 other passenger carriers, including Air Transat, GO Transit and Zipcar, providing Canadians more end-to-end travel options.
12. THE FASTEST WI-FI ON RAILS
Our world-class mobile Wi-Fi is one of the fastest systems on any passenger service.
In one weekend, it can handle the equivalent of 1 million email exchanges.