Via Rail

Via Rail is a Canadian state-owned company which runs intercity passenger rail service in Canada. The bulk of its services are concentrated along the so-called Windsor-Quebec City corridor. They also provide service between Toronto and Vancouver via Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg; between Montreal and Halifax via Moncton; and some shorter routes connecting smaller towns and cities with the main routes in their province. In 2017 it carried 4.4 million passengers, of which 73% were using the “Connector” routes on the Windsor-QC corridor.

Via Rail’s ability to provide service to a wider range of destinations has been systematically compromised over time as it’s been starved of adequate funding. Service to Victoria, BC ended in 2010 and to Gaspé, QC in 2013 due to deteriorating track.