If VIA gets you across nation on time, buy a lottery ticket

May 19, 2016

By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press

If you travel across Canada using Via Rail and arrive on time, consider yourself lucky — your odds of doing so are worse than winning some of Ontario’s lotteries.Website Insert Our Name Tells Our Story copy

In the first six months of 2015, just 24 per cent of trains arrived on time travelling between Toronto and Vancouver — even though Via in 2009 added a night to the trip on the Canadian in an effort to get passengers to their destination within the posted schedule.

“Despite having lengthened the schedule by one additional night, (on-time performance) continues to deteriorate and has dropped to only 24 per cent,” Via wrote last year in its long-term corporate plan.

That’s worse than odds of winning some Ontario lotteries — you have a 36 per cent chance to win Wheel of Fortune and a 28 per cent chance to win NHL Lotto.

That sort of gloomy record isn’t found where Via promotes a trip on the Canadian on its website.

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