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MONTREAL — There are changes on the way for the Canadian, VIA Rail Canada’s train that travels between Toronto and Vancouver.
Effective July 26, the Canadian’s schedule will be modified for the remainder of the high season ending on Oct. 11, a mid-season modification that was necessary in order to address significant and recurring delays in recent months. The move will also provide passengers a more predictable route, both at departure and on arrival, and allow them to see the changing Canadian landscape during daylight hours.
The new schedule is as follows (in high season only, from May-October):
Westbound schedule (train #1) as of July 26:
Eastbound schedule (train #2) as of July 27:
Since the beginning of peak season in April, the Canadian has been subject to major delays that eventually forced the cancellation of two trips in May. This situation confirmed the necessity for VIA Rail and CN, the owner of the infrastructure, to revise the schedule, said VIA.
In addition, CN has begun work to increase the capacity of its infrastructure in Western Canada, which will improve the flow of its freight and VIA Rail passenger trains.
“We hope that with the new schedule, as well as the important infrastructure investments by our partners CN, our travellers will experience a more predictable service, both at departure an on arrival, and a better opportunity to appreciate the greatness and beauty of our country at daylight,” said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer at VIA Rail. “We appreciate CN’s support in improving the travel experience of thousands of Canadians and international tourists who, every summer, experience the trip of a lifetime by choosing to discover the vastness of Canada through a trip by rail.”