VIA Rail expands Toronto-Ottawa service

Written by Railway Age Staff
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VIA Rail will be offering 20 weekday departures between Toronto and Ottawa, adding a 10th round-trip to its regional service. A new evening departure from Toronto to Kingston also will be added, along with additional stops in Trenton Junction and Guildwood.


“For the third time in three years, new departures will be added between Toronto and Ottawa, allowing more passengers to make the sensible choice to leave their cars at home,” said VIA Rail President and Chief Executive Yves Desjardins-Siciliano. “With each added frequency, VIA Rail sees a significant increase in ridership. On this popular segment, the number of travelers has increased by 40% since 2014. With this addition, we will be able to serve more Canadians, help reduce the carbon footprint of their journeys, and improve our financial performance.”

Travelers departing from Toronto heading to Kingston will have more options for their travel as of Nov. 5, with a new round-trip departure between Toronto, Kingston and Ottawa, as well as a new evening departure from Toronto to Kingston.

Also new is Business Class service on trains 650 and 651 between Toronto and Kingston, giving passengers access to Business lounges in Toronto and Kingston, menu options, and priority access to ticket and check-in counters.

A new stop in Trenton Junction will be added to the weekend schedule. Train 643 between Ottawa (9:05 a.m.) and Toronto (1:47 p.m.) will make a stop in Trenton Junction at 12:07 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The train will still stop in Fallowfield, Smiths Falls, Brockville, Kingston, Napanee, Belleville, Cobourg, Port Hope, Oshawa and Guildwood.

Train 668 between Toronto (5:57 p.m.) and Montreal (10:56 p.m.) will make a new stop in Guildwood at 6:13 p.m. seven days a week in addition to its usual stops in Oshawa, Kingston, Cornwall and Dorval.





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