Via Rail Canada talking new routes between Halifax, Moncton, Campbellton

November 10, 2015

Via Rail is considering launching new regional routes to service Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and in particular, a route between Moncton and Halifax.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, Via Rail’s president, says the new routes allow for tailored regional needs while maintaining its Ocean route between Halifax and Montreal.

“We appointed a general manager who is a local native of Halifax, Susan Williams, back in January,” said Desjardins-Siciliano.

“And so through her, understanding the market, we’ve been able to develop a plan for the regional markets.”

The proposals are being considered for next year. He says a Moncton to Halifax route would run first thing in the morning and return in the evening.

In New Brunswick, a new route would service points between Campbellton and Moncton, also in the morning and evening.

Via Rail CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano is looking for ways to boost ridership and reduce need for federal subsidy. (CBC)

The “long haul” Ocean route would continue three days a week, he says.

“If we could get Maritimers to choose Via for a third of their trips within the service area that we service today and those that we will plan to service next year, it would be a very successful business,” Desjardins-Siciliano told CBC’s Maritime Noon. 

CBC News has the full story by clicking here.


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