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VIA Rail Canada introduces new schedule for Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto service


In response to customer demand, VIA Rail Canada Inc. plans to introduce new schedules in the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto triangle starting Jan. 24.

The changes are anticipated to attract 100,000 new passengers per year and increase revenue by several million dollars annually, VIA Rail officials said in a prepared statement.

Riders on new Ottawa-Toronto express trains will make a nonstop trip in 3 hours, 57 minutes. The new trains will operate daily except Saturday. Riders traveling from Montreal to Toronto will be offered two new trains, bringing the total number of weekday departures to Toronto to 10.

“These improvements are made possible by the federal government’s major capital investment in VIA,” said VIA Rail Chairman Paul Smith.

Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided VIA Rail $923 million for capital improvements, with more than $400 million dedicated to rail infrastructure projects, said Minster of State Transport Steven Fletcher.

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