The Honorable Steven Fletcher, minister of state (transport) and member of Parliament for Charleswood-St. James-Assinniboia, Manitoba and VIA Rail Canada announced a CA$6.5 million (US$6.36 million) investment in Winnipeg's Union Station to improve public areas, accessibility, passenger services and amenities and the exterior of the heritage building.
These improvements build on CA$3 million (US$2.93 million) in upgrades to the station completed in 2011.
“Today, we again see the positive results of investments in VIA Rail that made further upgrades to Winnipeg’s heritage Union Station possible,” said Minister Fletcher. “The Government of Canada is proud to continue to support projects like this that create jobs right here in Winnipeg.”
The project includes renovations of passenger waiting areas, new fully accessible public washrooms, exterior improvements and upgraded security systems. In addition, VIA will clean, repair and restore the central rotunda.