May 15, 2013
Part of an effort to enhance security after an alleged terrorist plot to derail one of its trains. VIA Rail does not typically check IDs.
April 22, 2013
Two men who were arrested in Montreal and Toronto were targeting an Amtrak passenger train heading north to Canada out of New York's Penn Station. Once the train had passed into Canada, the attack was to commence
March 13, 2013
Partnered with CBC/Radio-Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, and The Historica-Dominion Institute to provide passengers on its trains free access to TV shows and documentaries.
November 21, 2012
VIA Rail is providing 10 coach cars and two dome cars on the New York state-supported Adirondack service operating between Albany-Rensselaer and Montreal. This will allow some Amtrak equipment used on that route to be reassigned, adding about 300 seats to trains operating on the Northeast Corridor.
October 17, 2012
Agency and global travel search site Skyscanner integrated major intercity rail search into its existing flight search capability. Travelers searching for flights on the Skyscanner site between Toronto and Montreal, for example, will see the air and rail travel alternatives in the search results.
August 22, 2012
Deal will give the agency’s customers access to Expedia’s Chameleon platform, a customizable retail tool that provides customers with the most relevant hotels through an intuitive user interface and fast search process.
August 13, 2012
By Oct. 24, the agency plans to lay off Kitchener train station ticket agents, who often control portable lifts used to help wheelchair-bound passengers board trains.
June 29, 2012
Adjusting frequencies on some routes to better reflect customer demand, while maintaining service on all current routes. The agency will focus resources on improving service and attracting more customers to routes where demand is strong and growing. The agency’s unionized workforce is expected to be reduced by about 9%.
February 29, 2012
The same law firm led a class-action lawsuit against Via Rail and CN after a derailment in 1999 that killed two crew members and sent 77 passengers and crew to the hospital.
February 27, 2012
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada sent a team of investigators to the site of the incident. The cause of the derailment is not yet known.
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