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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

VIA speeds up Montreal-Ottawa service

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February 14, 2001

VIA Rail Canada said that as of May 11, travel times on the Montréal-Ottawa route will improve with the introduction of new schedules. Trip times will be shortened by as much as 15 minutes, while arrival and departure times for certain trains will be changed to better suit customer needs.

For example, the first morning train (train 30) now leaves Fallowfield at 06:14 a.m., Ottawa at 6:38 a.m. and arrives in downtown Montréal at 08:30 a.m., as opposed to 08:38 a.m. in the past. Also, a conditional stop at Casselman has also been added for the Saturday morning service between Montréal and Ottawa.

"I am pleased to see that the government's strategic capital investments in rail infrastructure have directly led to VIA providing improved passenger service in terms of both quality and timing," said the Honorable Rob Merrifield, Canada's Minister of State (Transport).

"Making our train operations more efficient is just one example of changes we are implementing at VIA to improve our environmental performance and provide our customers with better service," said VIA's President and Chief Executive Officer Marc Laliberté. "We hope that these enhancements will encourage more people to make a smart and green choice by leaving their cars at home in favor of the train."

With the introduction of these new schedules, a train trip between Ottawa and Montréal can take less than two hours.

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