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home and take the train, we must
meet the needs of our passengers by
providing a reliable service with more
frequent and shorter trips. These
needs can only be met through
greater access to rail infrastructure,
in areas where markets can justify
dedicated passenger rail corridors.
The results we have achieved
since 2014 are impressive, but
we are reaching a plateau within
the current constraints of our
operating environment. This is why,
in December 2016, we submitted a
plan to the Government of Canada
to build dedicated passenger rail,
which we are calling High Frequency
Rail (HFR), within the busiest
Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec
corridor. Our HFR project would
lead to a reduction of 98 per cent
of VIA Rail's GHGs compared to our
current emissions. It would reduce
the carbon footprint of Canadian
travellers by more than 13 million
tons. It would make travelling by
train more convenient and would,
according to conservative estimates,
triple our ridership. It would create
inclusive growth for all Canadians
through universal accessibility, job
creation, economic stimulus and
access to property for young families,
while eliminating VIA Rail's current
operating subsidy for the corridor. 
As we mark our 40th anniversary,
we have many accomplishments to
celebrate and our vision is clearer
than ever.
Thanks to the funds granted
by the Government of Canada in
both the 2017 and 2018 Budgets,
our transformation plan aimed at
engaging Canadians in a more
sustainable future is continuing
to materialize. This plan includes
renovating our fleet's stainless-steel
cars and acquiring a new fleet for the
Quebec City-Windsor corridor. New,
modern trains will provide our
travellers with safer, faster, and
environmentally friendlier service. In
addition, the new fleet will allow us to
pursue our commitment to remaining
the most accessible national and
intercity mode of transportation in
Canada. Budget 2018, also marked
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Alexandria, Ontario.

an important milestone as it
provided $8 million for Transport
Canada to complete its analysis
of our HFR proposal so our
shareholder may make a decision.
We are extremely grateful to
the Government of Canada for this
vote of confidence. It is a clear
recognition of Canadians' renewed
interest in intercity passenger
train service. It's also a sign of
appreciation of our employees'
dedication to exemplary service. 

PHOTO: CLAUDE ROBIDOUX

At 40, VIA Rail is in its prime. It is
growing thanks to its solid historical
roots and the exceptional work of
its employees. All of us at VIA Rail
are dedicated to offering a safe and
sustainable travel option across this
great country, connecting over 400
communities economically, socially
and ecologically, and asserting the
collective project we are all a part of:
keeping Canada at the top of the list
of best countries to live in. That is our
commitment for the years to come. ■



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Summer 2018

President’s Message
Capital Improvements
Sustainable Investing
The Smart Choice
Rail Relocation 101
Rail-Government Interface 2018
Index to Advertisers
Interchange - Summer 2018 - Intro
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - cover1
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - President’s Message
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - Capital Improvements
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