April 25, 2019
CLOSE TO 85,000 TRAVELLERS CHOOSE VIA RAIL DURING EASTER LONG WEEKEND
April 18–23, 2019
VIA Rail cross-Canada routes
- Most popular route: Ottawa – Toronto
- Most notable ridership increases on the Québec City – Windsor corridor: Montréal – Québec City (up 15%), Ottawa – Québec City (up 11.6%) and Kitchener – Toronto (up 9.8%)
- 24.7% revenue and 8.9% ridership increases on non-Corridor routes (Toronto – Vancouver and Montréal – Halifax long-distance trains, and regional routes)
- Busiest day: Thursday, April 18
MONTRÉAL, April 25, 2019 - VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) continued its long multiple-quarter streak of increased revenue with a solid performance over Easter weekend. Passenger revenue was up 8,8% from 2018’s Easter break, giving the Corporation its best performance in 10 years.
Out of the approximately 85,000 travellers who chose VIA Rail to get around, more than half boarded trains within Ontario on routes that included Ottawa – Toronto, where 10 departures are offered each day in both directions. As for interprovincial travel, 29% of passengers took the train between Ontario and Quebec, particularly on the Montréal – Toronto and Montréal – Ottawa segments. In six days, VIA Rail trains covered a total distance of 28 million kilometres.
Of the busiest segments, the most notable increases over the long weekend were between Montréal and Québec City, Ottawa and Québec City, and Kitchener and Toronto, where passengers opted to take the train instead of their cars for a comfortable and worry-free springtime getaway with their friends or family.
“Our transformation plan continues to pay off as we bring Canadians towards a more sustainable future,” said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail. “These results are a testament to the growing popularity of train travel and to our commitment to offering passengers a sensible, green alternative to road travel and an easy, sustainable and enjoyable travel experience. This is VIA Rail’s contribution to the future of Canada and of Canadian communities. I commend the sustained efforts and the remarkable devotion of our employees, who are largely the drivers of VIA Rail’s success.”
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail (viarail.ca) and all its employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada and about 180 more communities through intermodal partnerships, and safely transports nearly 4.8 million passengers annually. The Corporation has been awarded five Safety Awards and three Environment Awards by the Railway Association of Canada since 2007. Visit the “About VIA Rail” section at https://www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail.