VIA Rail touts ridership gains in 2016

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MONTREAL — A recent report issued by VIA Rail Canada is highlighting new ridership gains and efforts to expand capacity on regional services. In 2016, VIA Rail Canada ridership grew more than 4 percent compared to 2015. It is the third consecutive year the passenger railroad has seen an uptick in ridership.

According to VIA Rail, the railroad hauled almost 4 million passengers who traveled approximately 858 million miles.

Some of the highlights in 2016 include record summer ridership when VIA Rail trains hauled more than 926,000 passengers, an increase of about 4.8 percent compared to ridership levels from 2015. VIA Rail representatives say its holiday season was also busier than normal. Holiday travel resulted in a 20-percent increase in revenue and a 16-percent increase in ridership compared to 2015.

Compared to 2015, revenues from regional services were up more than 10 percent on several routes and the Winnipeg-Churchill route in Manitoba logged double-digit revenue growth for the second year in a row.

Due to growing ridership, the railroad added capacity on several trains in the Quebec City, Quebec to Windsor, Ontario, corridor and made other timetable adjustments to offer greater flexibility for passengers. By the end of 2016, capacity had increased by more than 8 percent compared to 2015.

A full copy of the railroad’s 2016 annual report is available online.

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