VIA RAIL CANADA INC. - All Canadian Service to Sarnia Beginning April 23, 2004

Mar 05, 2004, 00:00 ET from VIA RAIL CANADA INC.

    TORONTO, March 5 /PRNewswire/ - VIA Rail Canada is pleased to confirm the
 continuation of service between Sarnia and Toronto effective April 23, 2004.
 While Amtrak's International will cease to operate between Chicago and Toronto
 as of Thursday, April 22, 2004, communities currently served by this train
 will continue to be served by two daily VIA departures to/from Sarnia and
 Toronto via London and Kitchener.
     The move to an all-Canadian operation and the full time use of VIA Rail
 equipment means passengers can look forward to at-your-seat service, and a
 consistent selection of snack and beverage options. VIA's stainless steel,
 recently refurbished cars feature baggage racks at the end of each car so
 passengers do not need to worry about storing bags in overhead bins that may
 be difficult to reach. VIA's cars are one level so there are no additional
 stairs to climb to get to your seat. Additionally, with services originating
 in Sarnia, the time attributed to complete cross-border inspections will be
 eliminated. As a result, VIA passengers can expect to see significant
 improvements to the on-time performance of these trains.
     Beginning Friday, April 23, 2004 VIA train No. 88 will originate in
 Sarnia, departing at 7:25 p.m. and arrive in Toronto at 11:27 p.m.
     Beginning Saturday, April 24, 2004 Train No. 85, will depart Toronto at
 06:35 and arrive in Sarnia at 11:05 a.m.
     These trains will also continue to serve the communities of Brampton,
 Georgetown, Guelph, Kitchener, Stratford, St-Mary's, London, Strathroy and
     Customers wishing to travel to Chicago from Canadian points can consult
 Amtrak at 1-800-USA-Rail or visit their website at
     VIA Rail Canada is the national passenger rail service, connecting some
 450 communities from coast to coast. Demand for VIA's rapid intercity services
 in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor has grown in recent years, as more
 Canadians turn to train travel as a hassle-free and cost-efficient alternative
 to congested roads and airports. Passengers can book their tickets by calling
 1-888-VIA-RAIL, at kiosks in major Corridor stations, at or
 through their travel agents.