may business luncheon
friday may 3rd, 2019
Over the past few years, VIA Rail has been undergoing a transformation, inside and out, in its quest to become the smarter way to travel for all Canadians. Its modernization plan, which, in addition to lead the company towards the future, will have a real and positive impact on all Canadians, as well as future generations.
Since the invention of the automobile in the early 1900’s and the construction of our extensive highway system in the 50’s and 60’s, we have watched travel turn from novelty to utility to inconvenience. We traveled without worrying about the environmental impact – not anymore. As the number of cars increased exponentially, congestion has grown and we are now entering a complete renewal of our road infrastructure, for years to come. As a result, the love of inter-city travel is gone.
But at VIA Rail, we never lost our love of the journey. And from what we’ve seen, neither have our passengers. The end of 2018 marked our twelfth consecutive quarter of increased ridership. More and more people are opting out of using a car and choosing alternative transportation. To continue our development and propel VIA Rail towards the future, we are in the process of replacing the Corridor fleet, renovating our Heritage fleet, developing the High Frequency Train project, implementing a new reservation system, and undertaking several other initiatives.
During his speech, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano will walk you through VIA Rail’s many projects and how they will help reimagine the Canadian journey by creating smarter ways to travel.
Note: Tickets will be available for pickup on the day of the Event, just outside the doors of the Banquet Room.