VIA Rail Boosts Ottawa-Toronto Services in Pre-Pandemic Levels Revival


The Canadian rail service, VIA Rail, is geared up to reintroduce two additional round-trip services between Ottawa and Toronto, making the move towards resuming its pre-pandemic levels of service. These additions, slated for introduction in late October, promise a boost in travel options for commuters between these two central hubs.

From October 26, passengers can expect train #646, replying the Toronto to Ottawa route, to embark on its journey every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. This service will be complemented by train #644, which will follow the same route commencing a day later, on October 27, and operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

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The Ottawa to Toronto passengers are not left out either. Train #43 will serve them on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays, kicking off its service from October 27. Also, Train #647 is set to run this route on Fridays and Sundays.

CEO of VIA Rail, Mario Peloquin, welcomes these changes with a sense of accomplishment. In his statement, he credited the successful implementation of VIA Rail’s 32 new trainsets for the ability to revive these highly demanded frequencies. According to Mr. Peloquin, the readiness to reintroduce these services is buoyed by recent increases in equipment availability, intense personnel recruitment, and diligent training efforts. Consequently, travellers can look forward to enhanced connectivity come late October, a clear testament to VIA Rail’s commitment to progressive resumption of full-scale services.