VIA Rail Canada’s London, Ontario expansion plans gain support

May 5, 2015

The question has been asked a lot in recent months, would improved passenger or commuter rail service improve the lives of Londoners?

It seems many people think so, including the man who might be most responsible for making it happen.

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, Via Rail Canada president and CEO, was in the Forest City on April 28 to speak with members of the London Chamber of Commerce. During his comments, he spoke of making London the Via Raio hub for southwestern Ontario.

Those comments were followed several days later by Via’s announcement of a new BizPak rail pass for trips originating from or arriving in London.

The BizPak pass provides 10 one-way trips in economy class or six one-way trips in business class between two pre-determined cities (including points in between).

That plan certain caught the attention of many people in London, not the least of which being Michael Bourque, president and CEO for the Railway Association of Canada.

Public opinion research, Bourque said, indicates people want more passenger service.

With that in mind, along with rapid transit in the city and high-speed rail throughout southern Ontario, which makes what this a “pretty exciting,” time for rail travel in Ontario.

Read the complete story from Sean Meyer in the London Community News by clicking here.

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