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VIA Rail service 'significantly' worsens as nearly one quarter of trains were late in 2014: Auditor General

National Post - ‎May 3, 2016‎
OTTAWA - If you thought VIA Rail's service was getting worse, you're right. And if you haven't ridden on a train in recent years, you're part of a growing trend.

VIA Rail Canada (subscription) - ‎May 3, 2016‎
The federal government has failed to give VIA Rail Canada long-term strategic direction, forcing it to operate in a “reactive, short-term management mode,” according to the auditor general's spring 2016 report.

VIA Rail praised, government panned by financial watchdog

RailwayAge Magazine - ‎9 hours ago‎
“For a number of years, VIA has received from the government only short-term approval of its funding and five-year corporate plan, and often late in the Corporation's fiscal year.

New changes for VIA Rail and Kingston's Station

CKWS - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
Via Rail's president and CEO made a whistle-stop in Kingston today to announce big changes to passenger experience.In addition to station renovations - VIA is getting a dedicated track.

Passengers face delays as profitable freight traffic increases on CN-owned tracks

London Free Press - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
Via's operations have been thrust under a spotlight amid a push by the rail-passenger service for a track of its own for conventional trains, a move some critics have interpreted as a move to fend off a provincial proposal to link Southwestern Ontario ...

Editorial: Via Rail on right track with 'frequency over speed' proposal

Montreal Gazette - ‎Apr 21, 2016‎
And yet, in Canada, even in the populous Quebec City-Windsor corridor, where distances are relatively short, train travel has failed to take off as it has in Europe and Asia.

High speed rail critical to London, group says

London Free Press - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
With Via Rail seeking a track of its own for conventional trains, an expert says only high-speed trains will get people out of their cars between London and Toronto and inject a badly needed jolt to the region's economy.

VIA Rail relaunches Travel Agent Support; win a $1000 travel credit

Travelweek - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
TORONTO - VIA Rail has relaunched its Travel Agent Support e-learning training course on Travelweek's Learning Centre. Agents who complete the course will be entered to win a $1,000 VIA Rail voucher for travel within Canada. “The travel trade is an ...

Discount Car and Truck Rentals and VIA Rail partnership to expand seamless customer travel experiences with ...

Canada NewsWire (press release) - ‎Apr 21, 2016‎
TORONTO, April 21, 2016 /CNW/ - Discount Car and Truck Rentals, an official rental car partner of VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail), will soon be providing even more of VIA Rail's customers with a seamless travel connection option when they arrive at the ...

VIA Rail delivers on emissions reduction

Canadian Green Tech (blog) (subscription) - ‎Apr 22, 2016‎
"Passenger rail services play a leading role as a smart way for travelers to support healthy communities, promote a thriving economy and help Canadians transition to a lower-carbon economy," said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, president and CEO at VIA Rail.

Greyhound's new bus depot is on schedule to open May 30.

Edmonton Sun - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
The bus company moves operations to the Via Rail station, at 123 Avenue and 121 Street a day before the lease expires on its current downtown depot, which will eventually make way to develop another building in the Ice District, the multi-use ...

Greyhound planning shuttle to deal with lack of public transit to new Edmonton station

Edmonton Sun - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
Greyhound plans to operate a three-times-a-day shuttle to its new depot at the Via Rail station from downtown because the site isn't served by Edmonton Transit.

Paula Simons: Greyhound dogged by lack of Edmonton Transit service

Edmonton Journal - ‎May 2, 2016‎
The old Greyhound station was well-served by public transit. The Via station is not. It has terrible pedestrian access, too.

City settles 17 lawsuits from deadly 2013 Transpo-Via crash

Ottawa Citizen - ‎Apr 26, 2016‎
The city has now settled 17 lawsuits related to the deadly 2013 crash between an OC Transpo bus and a Via Rail train in Barrhaven, according to city hall's top lawyer.

Rimouski devient propriétaire de la gare Via Rail

102,9 Rouge fm - ‎May 3, 2016‎
La ville de Rimouski fait l'acquisition de la gare Via Rail pour le montant symbolique d'un dollar. Situé au centre-ville, le bâtiment sera au coeur d'un projet visant à développer le Marché Public de Rimouski. Évidemment, les usagers de Via Rail ...

Driver snaps photo of rail crossing arm on top of OC Transpo bus

CTV News - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
Kayla Woelfle snapped a photo on Fallowfield in Ottawa's south end of a railway crossing arm on top of an OC Transpo bus, very near the scene of that fatal crash 3 years ago.

Retour de Via Rail en Gaspésie : des députés fédéraux confiants - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
M. Champagne a récemment rencontré le PDG de Via Rail, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, qui lui a confirmé que sa stratégie passait d'abord par une amélioration des revenus du service offert entre les grands centres du Québec et de l'Ontario. « Sa stratégie ...

InnoTrans 2016: North American attendee discount, strong Canadian presence

RailwayAge Magazine - ‎Apr 26, 2016‎
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of the state-owned Canadian transport company VIA Rail Canada Inc., will be the featured speaker at the Opening Ceremony at the Palais am Funkturm.
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Highlights of Auditor General Michael Ferguson's spring report - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Receiving short-term approval of its funding and corporate plan, often late in the fiscal year, has made it difficult for Via Rail to carry out its operations in an effective manner. The process of choosing fund managers for the government's $400 ...

Auditor General of Canada releases 2016 Spring Reports (press release) (registration) (blog) - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Copies of the reports of the special examinations of <abbr title="Public-Private Partnerships">PPP Canada <abbr title="Incorporated">Inc. and VIA Rail Canada <abbr title="Incorporated">Inc. were also included in the package of Spring 2016 Reports.