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VIA Rail: First ridership, revenue growth in seven years
VIA Rail released its annual report on May 6, 2016, and for the first time in seven years, posted both ridership and revenue gains.
VIA Rail praised, government panned by financial watchdog
Canada’s chief financial watchdog praised VIA Rail’s internal management April 3 but slammed successive national governments for failing to support the state-owned passenger railway with strategic planning and capital investment.
National Dream redux
From the April 2016 issue of Railway Age: From the era of fur-trading voyageurs, the St. Lawrence River Valley between the Great Lakes and Montreal has been Canada’s economic aorta.…
Harold F. Murray, 1924 – 2016
Harold Francis Murray, former Senior Advisor – Passenger and On Board Services, PTSI Transportation, Winnipeg, Alberta, Canada, has passed away, the company announced April 11, 2016. He was 92.
Canada slates C$3.4 billion for passenger rail
Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced details of phase 1 of the federal government's new infrastructure plan, which was unveiled as part of the 2016 budget on March 22, 2016.
Let’s keep spinning our wheels
The other day I found a buried snippet of information on the Federal Railroad Administration website pertaining to high speed rail. Dated March 11, 2016, it’s a “Notice of Request…
SISCOG wins VIA Rail Canada contract
SISCOG, a Portugal-based software company that specializes in solutions for optimized planning and management of resources in transportation companies has secured a contract with a new international client: VIA Rail…
Guelph Subdivision upgraded to CTC
VIA Rail on Nov. 14, 2015, commissioned CTC (centralized traffic control) on its entire North Mainline (Guelph Subdivision) between Georgetown and London, Ontario.
High times ahead for Canadian rails
Canada’s three major railways should benefit from the Oct. 19, 2015 sea-to-sea election sweep by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada. Trudeau’s party even managed to get four members of…
Funding agreed for Ottawa - Montreal upgrade
Canadian Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt and Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of Via Rail, announced on July 31, 2015 that the Canadian government will invest $C 102.5 million ($US…
The Canadian resumes transcontinental schedule
Somewhere near the photo-worn steel trestle at Miniota, Manitoba, Via Rail’s eastbound and westbound Canadians will meet Sunday, April 12, 2015 for the first time since a pair of mid-winter…
Via Rail pondering alternative Ontario routing for suspended Canadian
After months of late arrivals due to track congestion on CN’s northern Ontario main line, compounded by slow orders arising from CN’s efforts to recover from two tar sands oil…
VIA Rail's ambitious new CEO
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano attempts to reshape Canada's intercity carrier into a high-efficiency, high-performance system.
VIA Rail reports improved 2Q14 financials
VIA Rail Canada’s second-quarter 2014 financial report shows revenue growth of 3.9% over the comparable quarter in 2013, and improved on-time performance of 8.7 percentage points, from 70.6% in 2014’s…
Canada goes the distance(s)
AMT, GO Transit, West Coast Express, and VIA Rail Canada anchor the nation’s passenger rail network. Each faces fiscal challenges.
Six dead as bus hits VIA Rail Canada train
A double-decker OC Transpo bus struck a VIA Rail Canada passenger train at a fully protected grade crossing with functioning gates, lights, and bells in Ottawa, Wednesday morning, Sept. 18,…
Nomad Digital Wi-Fi graces VIA Rail’s Ocean
British-based Nomad Digital Ltd. said Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 it has completed a Wi-Fi installation for one of VIA Rail Canada's long-distance trains, the Ocean.
VIA Rail Canada, union reach tentative accord
VIA Rail Canada announced Friday, June 14, 2013, that it has reached an agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union, which represents some 2,200 service, sales office and maintenance…
Attack on VIA Rail train thwarted
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested two men April 22 who had been planning to bomb a Via Rail Canada passenger train. One was arrested in Toronto and one near…
VIA Rail touts streaming live video service
Spokespersons for VIA Rail Canada said Thursday the railroad this spring will offer the capability for passengers to stream live videos on their laptops, smart phone, or tablet.
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