VIA Rail to Resume Weekly Canadian Service in May

VIA Rail’s Canadian at Coniston, Ont., in May 2006. Photo by Steve Barry.

VIA Rail to Resume Weekly Canadian Service in May

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

MONTREAL — VIA Rail’s Canadian will resume regular weekly service between Toronto and Vancouver on May 17. Last spring, when the COVID-19 pandemic first began, VIA suspended its transcontinental train. Last fall, it brought part of the service back in the west.

The first westbound from Toronto will depart on May 17 and the first eastbound from Vancouver will depart on May 23.

According to VIA, the railroad has installed enhanced air ventilation systems on board to protect both passengers and crew. More details regarding health and safety measures as well as the modified services offered on board the Canadian are available on VIA Rail’s website.

“Over the past year, we have continuously sought to find a balance between offering to the best of our abilities essential travel options while following the guidelines and recommendations from public health authorities, as well as federal and provincial governments. With health and safety at the heart of our actions, the resumption of one full weekly round-trip service on the Canadian allows us to continue to provide an essential service to Canadians needing to travel on this route,” said Cynthia Garneau, President and CEO.

This article was posted on: April 13, 2021