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October 5, 1989
Canada will cut its leading passenger train service in half next year as a money-saving measure, officials said. The announcement by Transport Minister Benoit Bouchard upset opposition lawmakers, who said it means the death of the government-run service known as Via Rail. Bouchard said the cuts will allow the government to reduce its annual Via Rail subsidies, now at $640 million, to $350 million by 1993.
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March 27, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Beginning in July, travelers on VIA Rail , the national passenger railroad of Canada , will be able to enjoy streaming video free of charge. The service will be available in the corridor between Windsor, Ontario, and Quebec City. That includes the popular line linking the country's two largest cities, Toronto and Montreal. The streaming video - accessible on smartphones, tablets, and laptops - will be provided in partnership with the National Film Board and the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster.
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TRAVEL
June 26, 1994 | HANK KOVELL
A selection of travel opportunities to the land Down Under--Australia: A Sunshine Rail Experience with seniors in mind is being promoted by the Australian state of Queensland, which boasts a land area 2 1/2 times the size of Texas. The six-day tour in air-conditioned, nonsmoking rail cars covers 1,000 miles in segments of not more than five hours each day along the historic and scenic route on the Queensland coast. Scheduled overnight stops in coastal cities are in hotels or resorts.
TRAVEL
May 21, 2000
Rail Europe now offers discounted round-trip fares on its Channel Tunnel Eurostar train from London; previously only one-way fares were sold. Round trips to either Paris or Brussels start at $158, compared with a one-way fare of $119. Also, new high-speed Thalys trains that cut travel time between Geneva and Brussels to five hours, 15 minutes will begin daily service May 28. The trip currently takes seven to 10 hours, depending on the route. Round-trip fares begin at $220.
TRAVEL
May 21, 2000
Rail Europe now offers discounted round-trip fares on its Channel Tunnel Eurostar train from London; previously only one-way fares were sold. Round trips to either Paris or Brussels start at $158, compared with a one-way fare of $119. Also, new high-speed Thalys trains that cut travel time between Geneva and Brussels to five hours, 15 minutes will begin daily service May 28. The trip currently takes seven to 10 hours, depending on the route. Round-trip fares begin at $220.
TRAVEL
October 18, 1987 | LUCY IZON, Izon is a Canadian travel journalist covering youth budget routes.
VIA Rail has introduced student discounts for travel within Canada. Full-time students with a student identity card are entitled to a 33% discount on one-way coach fares. But there are restrictions. The discount is not available on trains leaving between noon and 6 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays from points between Windsor and Quebec City. The reduction also is not available on some Atlantic services and between Dec. 18 and Jan. 4, 1988.
NEWS
March 27, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Beginning in July, travelers on VIA Rail , the national passenger railroad of Canada , will be able to enjoy streaming video free of charge. The service will be available in the corridor between Windsor, Ontario, and Quebec City. That includes the popular line linking the country's two largest cities, Toronto and Montreal. The streaming video - accessible on smartphones, tablets, and laptops - will be provided in partnership with the National Film Board and the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster.
NEWS
June 8, 1990 | DAWN STONE, Dawn Stone is a senior at El Toro High School, where she is editor of the student news magazine, the BullETin, Keywanette treasurer and a member of the Academic Decathlon team.
Parlez-vous Francais? Sprechen sie Deutsch? Parlate voi Italiano? No? Neither do Alicia Ariati and Heather Giuliano, but their lack of fluency in foreign languages hasn't kept them from masterminding a jam-packed, six-week European vacation. Nor has it prevented fellow El Toro High School senior Amanda Ankenbrandt from signing up for a packaged tour of the Continent this summer. Ariati, 17, and Giuliano, 18, plan to travel Europe by train, visiting nine countries in 39 days.
NEWS
February 16, 1986
A transcontinental train carrying almost 250 passengers collided head-on with a freight train about five miles west of Quebec City, injuring 42 people in the second such collision in Canada in a week. No one was seriously hurt, and only two of the passengers examined in hospitals remained for observation, a spokesman for the government-owned Via Rail line said. Authorities could not immediately determine why both trains were on the same track.
NEWS
November 21, 1994 | Associated Press
Terrified passengers jumped from the windows of a burning train Sunday after it crashed into an object on the tracks and caught fire. As many as 60 people were injured. Police said vandalism may have caused the accident. The Via Rail train carrying more than 400 people hit the object after dusk, and fire broke out in the engine and the first two coaches.
TRAVEL
June 26, 1994 | HANK KOVELL
A selection of travel opportunities to the land Down Under--Australia: A Sunshine Rail Experience with seniors in mind is being promoted by the Australian state of Queensland, which boasts a land area 2 1/2 times the size of Texas. The six-day tour in air-conditioned, nonsmoking rail cars covers 1,000 miles in segments of not more than five hours each day along the historic and scenic route on the Queensland coast. Scheduled overnight stops in coastal cities are in hotels or resorts.
NEWS
June 8, 1990 | DAWN STONE, Dawn Stone is a senior at El Toro High School, where she is editor of the student news magazine, the BullETin, Keywanette treasurer and a member of the Academic Decathlon team.
Parlez-vous Francais? Sprechen sie Deutsch? Parlate voi Italiano? No? Neither do Alicia Ariati and Heather Giuliano, but their lack of fluency in foreign languages hasn't kept them from masterminding a jam-packed, six-week European vacation. Nor has it prevented fellow El Toro High School senior Amanda Ankenbrandt from signing up for a packaged tour of the Continent this summer. Ariati, 17, and Giuliano, 18, plan to travel Europe by train, visiting nine countries in 39 days.
NEWS
October 5, 1989
Canada will cut its leading passenger train service in half next year as a money-saving measure, officials said. The announcement by Transport Minister Benoit Bouchard upset opposition lawmakers, who said it means the death of the government-run service known as Via Rail. Bouchard said the cuts will allow the government to reduce its annual Via Rail subsidies, now at $640 million, to $350 million by 1993.
TRAVEL
October 18, 1987 | LUCY IZON, Izon is a Canadian travel journalist covering youth budget routes.
VIA Rail has introduced student discounts for travel within Canada. Full-time students with a student identity card are entitled to a 33% discount on one-way coach fares. But there are restrictions. The discount is not available on trains leaving between noon and 6 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays from points between Windsor and Quebec City. The reduction also is not available on some Atlantic services and between Dec. 18 and Jan. 4, 1988.
BUSINESS
October 5, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Opposition leaders today pledged to fight government plans to halve Canada's passenger train service next year, saying it would destroy the government-run service known as Via Rail. "They have turned the national dream into a national nightmare," John Turner, leader of the opposition Liberal Party, said. "The last spike has become the last straw."
NEWS
August 30, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Canada's freight trains were running again Saturday after federal legislation ended a five-day-old strike by 48,000 railway workers. Both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways said trains were running in most areas and that full service would resume today. Via Rail said the nation's passenger service would resume Monday.
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