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Tracking rail


Reversing decades of decline, passenger demand for intercity and commuter rail service is growing, as Canadians turn to rail travel as a safe, hassle-free and environmentally responsible alternative to congested roads and airports.

Serving more than four million passengers a year in both official languages, VIA Rail conducts 93 percent of Canada’s intercity rail traffic.

VIA Rail links 450 communities across its 12,500-kilometre network, operating 503 intercity, transcontinental and tourist trains each week. VIA claimed an on-time performance rate of 83 percent in 2009.

A Crown corporation established in 1978, VIA Rail is modernizing stations, expanding track capacity and remanufacturing train sets as part of a $923 million capital improvement program to be completed in 2013. About one-third of that is slated to be invested along the Québec-Windsor corridor.


This piece provides statistics about Canadian rail tourism, and is supported by a bar graph.


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