Via Rail

'There Is A Renaissance Of A Train Culture In Canada'

CP | Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The chief executive of Via Rail says it's a good time to expand passenger rail service in Canada by building dedicated tracks and increasing...

Via Rail Plotters Sentenced Today

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada

TORONTO - Two men found guilty of eight terrorism charges after being accused of plotting to derail a train between Canada and the U.S. aren't likely ...

Via Rail Terror Suspects Wanted To Wait For 'Green Light', Trial Hears

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A rift in the relationship between two terror suspects seemed to appear as they began hammering out the finer details of their alleged plot ...

Safety Board Advises New Reviews One Year After Fatal Ottawa Crash

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada

OTTAWA - Driver distraction and speed may have been contributing factors in a deadly collision with a Via Rail train last year that killed six people ...

VIA Train Strikes, Kills Trespasser

CBC | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada

A trespasser was struck and killed by a VIA train east of Ottawa on Sunday night. The collision occurred on a stretch of tracks in the Carlsbad Spri...

Via Rail Train Hits Derailed Train In Ontario

CBC | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada

A Via Rail train that left Ottawa Friday afternoon crashed into a derailed CN train near Gananoque, Ont., stopping train service between Toronto and M...

Passengers Brace For More Disruptions

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Business

BROCKVILLE, Ont. - Via Rail says service is resuming between Toronto and Montreal, but trains won't be running on the Toronto-Ottawa route until Satur...

Thousands Of Passengers Delayed

CP | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada

BROCKVILLE, Ont. -- Thousands of Via Rail passengers faced hours of delays and bus detours Thursday after the derailment of a CN freight train near Br...

Via Rail Service Blocked By Derailment

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada

BROCKVILLE, Ont. - Via Rail says it expects disruptions on the Toronto-to-Montreal and Toronto-to-Ottawa routes to continue well into Friday morning a...

Get High-Speed Rail Policy On Tracks

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Joseph Soares

Clearly the Government of Canada doesn't have an HSR policy, but surely it's time it did the minimum? A basic and badly-needed step would be to lay the policy and political tracks for a future ''blue sky'' proposal regarding high-speed rail.

China Is On Speed. What's Canada On?

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada
Joseph Soares

China has pursued this technology leadership goal for 20 years. Back in the 1990s, it began importing technology from Germany, the Siemens Velaro model; from France, the Alstom New Pendolinos. And, guess what? The Zefiro 250 type, made right here in Canada by Bombardier. In 2008, investment in high-speed rail projects shot up to $88 billion with plans to open 42 new lines.

It's Time Canada Gets a High-Speed Rail

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Joseph Soares

When was the last time you heard Canada's Federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt mention the words "high-speed rail" or its commonly used acronym "HSR," in any public speech or announcement? Think hard, and keep thinking, but don't hold your breath while you think.

Via Rail Train Hits, Kills Pedestrian

CBC | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada

An Ottawa-bound train hit and killed a pedestrian around 12 p.m., about 20 minutes after leaving the Kingston station, Via Rail confirmed. Trains ar...

2 Dead After Via Rail Train And Car Collide

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada

ST-LIBOIRE, Que. - Quebec police are not excluding the possibility that the driver of a vehicle who died when a Via Rail train rammed into his car at ...

The Reason Canada's Federal Debt Reached $671 Billion

Mark Milke | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Ever wonder how Canada's net federal debt reached $671 billion by 2013? Or how net provincial debt among the provinces ended up at $509 billion that same year? Wonder no more.

Baird Gets His Way As New CEO Lands At Via Rail

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Via Rail has named a new chief executive officer a little more than a week after a senior federal cabinet minister called for new leadershi...

Baird Demands Regime Change .. At Via Rail

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - It looks like it's the end of the line for the acting head of Via Rail.Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, an influential voice around the H...

First Nations Blockade Hits Passengers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada

NAPANEE, Ont. - Via Rail service on the busy Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal line is to resume Thursday after a First Nations blockade forced Via to bus passe...

Via Rail May Stop Serving An Entire Region Of The Country

CBC | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Business

Via Rail says it could cancel passenger service from Quebec to the Maritimes if CN doesn't find an investor to buy a portion of its railway in norther...

Why I Support the Save VIA Rail Campaign

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

The "Save VIA" Campaign began as a grassroots response to the VIA Rail cuts that the federal government announced in 2012; but with a huge amount of public support it has grown into a nationwide appeal to restore passenger rail service. Mr. Harper's government needs to listen to the Canadians who are clearly saying that we need to retain and improve Canada's rail services.

Train Trip Through Canada Offers Changing Views of Time

Christine Negroni | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Travel
Christine Negroni

One does not decide to spend four days on a trip that can be accomplished in 5 hours by air without some weighing of the pros and cons. On the upsid...

Investigators Re-Enact Collision

CBC | Posted 11.28.2013 | Canada

Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board and from Ottawa police’s collision unit are at the site of a fatal bus crash that shook the natio...

Via Rail Service Expected To Return To Normal

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Travel

OTTAWA - It was exactly 8:48 a.m. and everyone on the bus knew it.The Ottawa city bus, OC Transpo route 94 Millennium, was halted at the same rail cro...

Bus Driver ID'd

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.19.2013 | Canada

Dave Woodard has been identified by CBC as the bus driver in the deadly Ottawa train and bus collision that took place Wednesday morning. At 8:48 ...

Via Rail Considers Tougher Security

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - Taking a train in Canada could soon become more like boarding an airplane as Via Rail considers greater scrutiny of checked baggage, more ins...