VIA Rail sees ridership increase for Canadian Thanksgiving

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MONTRÉAL – A total of 56,600 people rode VIA Rail trains during Canada’s Thanksgiving Weekend, Oct. 10-13. VIA said its saw a two percent increase in ridership and generated a 6.2 percent rise in revenues compared to Thanksgiving Weekend 2013.

“Thanksgiving Weekend is the busiest weekend of the year for VIA Rail,” says Yves Desjardins-Siciliano VIA Rail’s president and chief executive. “We are glad to have served many Canadians on-board and we are thankful to our employees for their dedication and professionalism. Results of the weekend show that our services appeal to more and more people, and our efforts enable our business’ growth.”

In total, 53,700 passengers travelled the Québec City–Windsor corridor during the weekend, a 2.7 percent increase compared to the same period in 2013. On long-haul trains, 2,100 passengers rode the Ocean between Montréal and Halifax and the Canadian between Toronto and Vancouver.

VIA also offered its Artists On Board Program over the weekend, which welcomed Canadian musicians aboard its long-haul trains. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, travellers heard musicians Jeanette Arsenault, Kevin Kratcsh, Astrid Young, and Glenna Green on the Canadian. On the Ocean musician Ellen Gibling offered performances. There have been more than 800 performances since the program was created in 2009.

VIA ridership from Friday Oct. 10 to Monday, Oct. 13

Québec City – Windsor corridor|, 53,700 passengers
6.7 percent increase in passenger revenues compared to 2013.

Long-Haul Trains, 2,100 passengers
3.5 percent increase in passenger revenues compared to 2013.

Coast-to-coast VIA network, 56,600 passengers, a 6.2 percent increase in passenger revenue compared to 2013.

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