Cobourg, Ontario resident participates in VIA Rail focus group

June 23, 2016

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Via Rail Canada is holding a series of focus groups to run a few new ideas by passengers, including frequent train user and Cobourg resident Gail Rayment.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

It also appears to her that Via is focusing on developing short-haul (computer-type Cobourg/Port Hope to Toronto) service instead of the long-haul focus of the past, Rayment said in an interview this week.

“They phoned me (to ask for to participate),” Rayment continued, noting there were eight in her group, one of 35 such focus groups being held in the train corridor.

“Via Rail has initiated a consultation process for the renewal of its fleet for the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor,” Via spokesperson Mariam Diaby stated in an e-mail. “The objective is to gather input on some of the features that should be considered for our Corridor fleet renewal project. We want to know what to consider when choosing the trains that will serve our customers for the next 30 years.”

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