VIA Rail Canada hit record highs for ridership this summer. More than 926,000 pax were welcomed on board its trains from 21JUN to 06SEP, an increase of 4.8% compared to the summer of 2015.
The Quebec City-Windsor corridor continued to attract the vast majority of VIA Rail’s ridership. 839,000 Canadians travelled on these routes during summer, up 5.3% from the year before.
"Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and the smarter way to preserve its natural beauty is to leave your car at home and discover it by train." said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President & Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail. "VIA Rail's growing popularity is due in a large part to the commitment of the employees in our call centres, stations, on board the trains and in maintenance centres. They continue to demonstrate their commitment to satisfying the needs of our customers with professionalism and in a more human way."
In anticipation of high ridership over the summer, we increased the capacity of several trains in the Québec City – Windsor corridor and adjusted our schedule in order to offer greater flexibility to the 839,000 passengers who chose to take the train.
The city of Toronto attracted the greatest number of travellers by far, followed closely by Montréal and Ottawa. And, in total, 63,000 people chose to experience Canada firsthand by taking VIA Rail’s long-distance trains between Montreal and Halifax (the Ocean), and between Toronto and Vancouver (the Canadian).