VIA Rail Easter Results: Sweet
From Thursday, March 28(th) to Tuesday, April 2(nd):
ROUTES BETWEEN QUEBEC, MONTRÃ‰AL, OTTAWA AND TORONTO |
Increase in ridership of 10.2% compared to 2012
Increase in revenues of 4.9% compared to 2012
COAST-TO-COAST VIA RAIL NETWORK |
71,000 passengers on-board
Increase in ridership of 2.4% compared to 2012
Train Occupancy up 6.9 percentage points compared to 2012
MONTREAL, April 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – VIA Rail Canada is reporting a
busy Easter holiday weekend. Motivated by their desire to travel
efficiently and seamlessly, more Canadians chose to travel aboard VIA
Rail trains during the Easter weekend, compared to last year. Between
this past March 28(th) and April 2(nd), 71,000 passengers traveled on some 450 trains throughout the country,
an increase of 2.4% compared to 2012.
These results show that, in Canada, train is a mode of transport that is
growing in popularity. “VIA Rail is implementing several initiatives to
improve passenger comfort and facilitate their intercity mobility”,
said Marc LalibertÃ©, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail.
“The results of last weekend demonstrate that we are moving in the
Dynamism | Performance | Popularity
On the coast-to-coast network, the busiest day was Thursday, March 28(th), when 15,000 passengers boarded trains. Several trains showed an
occupancy rate of over 95%.
VIA Rail customers made good use of trains in the Quebec
City-MontrÃ©al-Ottawa-Toronto corridor, which proved the most popular
over the long weekend, registering an increase of 10.2% in ridership
and 4.9% in revenues compared to the same period in 2012.
On longer-distance services, the most popular segments were
Toronto-Vancouver, Edmonton-Vancouver and Jasper-Vancouver (The Canadian), as well as Halifax-MontrÃ©al, Moncton-MontrÃ©al and Bathurst-MontrÃ©al (The Ocean). Performance on these services improved significantly: revenue per
passenger increased by 13.2%.
On social media, faithful to their habit, VIA Rail customers sent many
comments about the quality of customer service and the future On-Board Entertainment programming. A total of 1,630 messages were posted on VIA Rail’s
Twitter and Facebook pages during the Easter break. Moreover, a great
number of customers on trains comfortably connected to VIA Rail’s
on-board Wi-Fi, and transferred some 1.53 gbytes of data, the
equivalent of some 1.5 million emails.
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada’s mandate
is to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation
service, in both official languages of our country. VIA operates
intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities
across its 12,500-kilometre route network. Recipient of the Railway
Association of Canada’s Safety Award in 2011 for the 11(th) time in 12 years, and of the 2012 Agent’s Choice Award voted by
Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media, VIA safely
transports nearly four million passengers annually. Since 2007, the
Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail.
Follow the progress of our transformation at http://www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail/capital-investment.
SOURCE VIA Rail Canada Inc.