Tuesday, December 04, 2012

VIA Rail readies improvements to locomotives, frequencies and infrastructure

The new Grafton passing track is one of the many projects VIA Rail has constructed. The new Grafton passing track is one of the many projects VIA Rail has constructed. VIA Rail Canada

VIA Rail Canada has completed a number of projects, including additional frequencies and the introduction of a new service between Ottawa, ON, and Quebec City, QB.

VIA Rail says these initiatives will lead to safer, faster and more efficient service in the Quebec-Windsor corridor. The activities are part of VIA Rail's modernization plan. To make travel easier for Canadians, new scheduling options in the Ottawa-Toronto-Quebec City line were added, the F40 locomotives were renovated and additional safety features were implemented at railway crossings in the Quebec-Windsor Corridor. The upgrades to F40 locomotives will improve fuel efficiency and environmental sustainability.

According to the honorable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), "Our government is committed to creating a safe, efficient and reliable passenger rail service for Canadians. That's why we are supporting VIA Rail through our Economic Action Plan and why we have invested nearly C$1 billion (US$1.1 billion) in passenger rail since 2007. We believe that improvements to VIA Rail will help to create jobs and stimulate economic growth across the country."

The improvements were made possible by the Canadian government's Capital Investment Program for VIA Rail. The government of Canada has invested almost C$1 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) in VIA Rail since 2007 to improve its stations, infrastructure, trains and technology.

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