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 Wyoming. Customers wishing to travel to Chicago from Canadian points can consult Amtrak at 1-800-USA-Rail or visit their website at www.amtrak.com 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 www.viarail.ca or through their travel agents.
SOURCE VIA RAIL CANADA INC.