Building a better Business Classis not all about the comfort, look and functionality of the train car itself (though it certainly helps!). As our new overhauled Business Class cars start appearing on the rails, VIA Rail’s new Business Class service has also been revamped. Our customers spoke and we listened. Our new service is all about productivity and “me” time. There are also a few more practical enhancements and upgrades that will surely delight…
Your Business Class trip will commence with an announcement of meal options. No more paper menus means less waste, and less wasted time. VIA Rail service attendants will then serve your meal immediately upon selection. Though all our Business Class customers will be pampered with our new service, Premier VIA Préférence members will be given meal selection priority, as an extra little thank you for their loyalty.
Starting with the breakfast menu, the tray will now hold full-sized porcelain mugs – sure to keep our early morning riders well-caffeinated (or theinated, for the loose-leaf-lovers). Juice glasses are also larger, and riders will receive an individual mint (perfect for those on their way to an early morning meeting).
Another detail you’ll love: full-sized metal cutlery!
Our new “one-drop” service includes the entire meal on one tray, allowing everyone to eat at their own pace. Once done, service attendants will remove the tray quickly, to allow customers to use their “me” time the way they like: to work, to watch the news on our On Train Entertainment system, to catch up on emails.
Lunch and dinner-time travellers will have three meals to choose from, one of which will always be a vegetarian option. Lunch-time dessert will be easy to pack-and-go, for those who prefer to treat themselves later in the afternoon. Dinner meals will also include a dessert and, as always, a chocolate to cap off your trip with a sweet finish.
Our new Business Class service is all about you, and your “me” time.
Who could pass on a half-price trip to the destination of their choice? Not us! And neither can the 2,500 plus new Canadian citizens and members of the Cultural Access Pass program (CAP) who have jumped on the VIA Rail and Institute for Canadian Citizenship offer since 2011. This promotion has allowed new Canadian citizens and their children to discover the cultural, natural and historic wonders of their new home.
This year, CAP members’ excitement to have their first rail adventure on Canadian soil has been strong. Since January, over 1,700 new citizens, or 13% of all new members, have taken a trip aboard a VIA Rail train, visiting new and varied destinations. The Cultural Access Pass is a program offered through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship which provides new citizens one year of free access to more than 1,000 Canadian attractions.
One in four of these travellers opted for a long-distance trip, many of whom immersed themselves in the spirit of Canada through the ultimate train experience: sleeping and dining on our legendary Canadian. And we can understand why! Surrounding yourself with snow-capped mountains while dining on menus composed of foods sourced from all corners of our country, or chugging alongside the Fraser River while being entertained by a Canadian artist strumming away on her guitar… it’s the stuff of dreams.
Others chose to travel within the Québec city – Windsor corridor. Also a great choice, given the list of amazing sites new citizens CAP members have the opportunity to visit along the way. Whether it be the Château Frontenac and its surrounding Old-Québec, Ottawa’s Parliament buildings or the CN Tower in Toronto, there is much to discover and to learn at these cultural and historic sites. We’re pretty certain that many also took the opportunity to relax and watch a few Canadian TV shows or films along the way, thanks to our On Train Entertainment system.
Once again, this Citizenship week, we celebrate the new Canadian’s journey to citizenship and their desire to explore the best of Canada. They help to enrich the culture of this nation, as well as all the projects put in place for their warm welcome. Visit culturalaccesspass.ca to learn more about this fantastic program we’re proud to be a part of.
Some walked. Some ran. Some swam and some cycled. Some even offered to do coffee runs to get more steps in.
On May 23rd this year, 637 VIA employees strapped on their step-counters and started the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC). Equipped with individual pedometers, 97 teams of seven competed against each other, against other teams around the world, but mostly against themselves. The GCC started with a challenging daily minimum of 10,000 steps, but for many VIA employees, that was the jump-off point. At the end of the four month challenge, VIA participants averaged 13,690 steps every day, equal to approximately 8.8 km.
The numbers are in and they are impressive:
VIA’s teams covered a virtual 558 098 km with 872,027,451 steps, the equivalent of walking around the globe 14 times!
In more fun terms, over the four months, VIA employees effectively burned off the calories of:
Through this worldwide challenge, not only did employees report having lost weight, but their sleep, productivity and energy levels also improved.
As if this wasn’t enough to be proud of, VIA Rail also won the World’s Most Active Company in the transportation and logistics industry thanks to its employees, in which 35 other companies were entered. Not too shabby.
Congratulations to all the teams, participants and regions that took part in this great walking challenge. If you’d like to join this global challenge next spring, you can register on the CGG’s website http://www.gettheworldmoving.com/.
Let’s keep up the pace!