Revenue derived from the sale of tickets by VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) over the August long weekend hit their highest level. With ticket sales up by 13% compared to the same period in 2016, this was the most successful long weekend. In total, 84,400 travellers decided to board one of the 372 VIA Rail trains that were criss-crossing the country from August 3 to (and including) August 8 – an increase of 9.5% over 2016. Passengers covered more than 33 million kilometers. Friday, August 4th was the busiest day of the weekend, with 17,000 people traveling. The Québec City-Windsor Corridor saw 77,000 people on the move – primarily between Toronto, Montréal and Ottawa; these three cities were the destinations for 24,000, 15,000 and 11,000 travellers during this period.
“The outstanding results from last weekend are further evidence of the popularity of VIA Rail’s trains with Canadians. Whenever our trains are operating at almost full capacity, as was the case these past few days, our front-line staff offer services that meet the highest quality standards, and our equipment is strictly maintained to ensure that these thousands of passengers reach their destinations safely and comfortably. No detail is too small when it comes to providing the best possible experience,” said VIA Rail President and CEO, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano.