VIA Rail Canada touts ridership, revenue gains during second quarter

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MONTREAL — VIA Rail Canada officials say the second quarter of 2017 brought more passengers and revenue to the Canadian passenger rail operator than the same period last year. During VIA’s second quarter period, the railroad saw an increase in ridership by 9.5 percent and a 15.7-percent uptick in passenger revenues, when compared to the same period in 2016.

According to VIA, a summer schedule with added capacity was a significant driving force leading to ridership gains during the second quarter. An expanded schedule added capacity by 7 percent starting in late May.

VIA hauled passengers for more than 226 million miles during the second quarter.

And more passengers wasn’t the only milestone VIA is celebrating.

During the second quarter, the railroad completed 15 capital projects at maintenance centers and operations worth $6.5 million. The station and facility enhancements are part of a broader $54.4 million capital plan over the next three years.

Additional infrastructure improvements, which are worth an additional $5 million, are also planned for the next three years. Major projects include track and bridge maintenance projects, which are worth about $30 million, and network improvements totaling approximately $15 million.

See the news release online.

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