Discussion of Canadian Passenger Rail Services such as AMT (Montreal), Go Transit (Toronto), VIA Rail, and other Canadian Railways and Transit

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  by dowlingm
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Ottawa, October 28, 2014 – VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) announces that new express train departures will be offered between Ottawa and Toronto as of October 31st to respond to the increasing demand. In 2013, approximately 480,000 passengers travelled on board VIA Rail trains along the Ottawa-Toronto route, representing an increase of 39% compared to 2012. One new frequency will be added in each direction Friday through Monday.

For more information, please visit viarail.ca.
So - there's a new train, but you'll have to guess when (unless you know the schedule so well you can spot it at a glance)

For goodness sake...
  by marquisofmississauga
Those two Toronto-Ottawa trains run four days a week: Fridays through Mondays. Yesterday was to be the first Monday operation of new train #45 from Ottawa to Toronto, but a notice at Toronto Union and on-line said: Due to operational reasons this train is replaced by bus service. No specific reason was given for the replacement.

This is a great way to encourage train travel. It seems that VIA is a bit short of equipment due to the decision of the previous president to lay-up the corridor Renaissance trains. In some cases there have not been enough coaches for a train as booked, so the unlucky passengers who were booked in the non-existent coach have been sent by bus. VIA's policy has always been to allow exchanges or refunds without penalty to passengers who are not delighted with the prospect of a bus ride. With up to eight trains a day each way between Toronto and Ottawa it shouldn't be difficult to find a later train unless it is the last one of the day! Two Renaissance consists are back in service between Montreal and Quebec City, so this should ease the problem.