Canadians took to the trains for the last long weekend of the summer this year. VIA Rail is boasting its highest ridership numbers in 10 years for the Labour Day long weekend. The VIA Rail record breaking ridership shows that a lot of people ditched the cars for the long weekend.
According to VIA Rail, an increased amount of Canadians chose to ride the rails with VIA instead of travelling by car during the long weekend. The boosted ridership numbers are the highest the rail comapny's seen in 10 years during the Labour Day long weekend.
83,579 passengers rode on the Quebec City-Windsor corridor alone. The top VIA Rail destinations were along that corridor: Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.
"What better way to end the summer than by reporting great ridership results for this Labour Day long weekend. Being the last before the beginning of the new school year, this long weekend was a great opportunity for all our passengers to visit family and friends and to discover new sceneries, without the headache brought on by traffic," said Cynthia Garneau, VIA Rail president and CEO, in a press release.
VIA Rail recorded numbers from Thursday of the long weekend to the next Tuesday. The busiest day of the weekend was the Friday with 18,952 passengers travelling across the country.
There was an 3.8 percent increase this year compared to the same long weekend last year.
And there was a 31 percent passenger increase compared to the long weekend five years ago.
"Our customers' continued trust in the safe, sustainable, easy and enjoyable experience we offer demonstrates once again that we are on the right track. As we look to the future, their needs and expectations continue to drive our daily operations and key modernization projects," said Garneau.
"At the heart of these positive results are our employees, whose professionalism and dedication are the reason why more and more Canadians choose to love the way," said Garneau.
Over the six day long weekend, VIA Rail trains travelled a total of 32 million kilometres across Canada.