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Tuesday, November 20, 2012    

VIA Rail opens new station in Windsor


VIA Rail Canada Inc. and Canadian government officials officially opened a new station late last week in Windsor, Ontario.

The $5.4 million project (in Canadian dollars) was financed in large part through the federal government's Economic Action Plan, VIA Rail officials said in a prepared statement.

The new station can accommodate up to 300 riders, is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility, and has improved lighting and Braille signage. The structure features a more efficient layout, wider boarding platforms and more spacious waiting areas, power stations for electronic devices, and parking and drop-off zones, VIA Rail officials said.

The Canadian government has invested nearly $1 billion in VIA Rail since 2007 to improve stations, infrastructure, trains and technology, they said.

"Windsor is a major hub on VIA Rail's network," said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, VIA Rail's chief legal and corporate affairs officer and corporate secretary. "This new station will act as a lever to realize the full potential of rail transport in the region."

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