Wednesday, July 15, 2009

VIA Rail gets boost for Toronto-Montreal route

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Officials from VIA Rail Canada, Canadian National, and the federal government will gather at Toronto’s Union Station Thursday to tout two developments aimed at improving passenger rail service on VIA’s Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal route.

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The news conference in Toronto is highlighting VIA infrastructure work on CN's Kingston Sub Project, designed to improve passenger train frequency and capacity. In addition, VIA will ceremonially acknowledge receipt of its first fully rebuilt F40 locomotive at simultaneous events in both Toronto and Montreal. The locomotive is the first of 54 F40s to be rebuilt by CAD Railway Industries (CAD) of Lachine, Québec.

Slated to appear are Gary Goodyear, federal Minister of State (Science and Technology), CN Executive Vice President Claude Mongeau, and Donald E. Wright, chairman of VIA Rail Canada.