VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) and Maritime Bus have announced that their partnership will be enhanced to encompass an intermodal ticket sales agreement in order to simplify travel in Eastern Canada. From 14 July 2016, passengers can buy Maritime Bus tickets online on VIA Rail’s website.
The agreement will enable passengers to book a trip to Maritime Bus destinations either as an add-on to their Ocean train journey between Montréal and Halifax, or buy a Maritime Bus trip on its own. VIA Rail’s passengers will receive a combined itinerary with a Maritime Bus ticket and a VIA Rail boarding pass. This initiative is part of Maritime Bus’s commitment to their responsibility to connect communities.
Mike Cassidy, President of Maritime Bus, said:
“Being able to partner with VIA Rail shows how both companies understand the importance of working together. Having two competing transportation services willing to share train and bus infrastructure for the benefit of their passengers shows total commitment to the marketplace. We are proud of this new Intermodal Partnership which has the Maritime Region at heart.”
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of VIA Rail, said:
“Providing a simple and seamless travel experience is what will encourage people to leave their car behind and travel with Maritime Bus and VIA Rail. This agreement is part of our strategy aimed at increasing the mobility of Canadians while reducing their carbon footprint. By making travel on an integrated network of carriers more convenient and attractive, this initiative will help residents from communities across the Maritimes to travel within the region and beyond by connecting to the Ocean train for a trip to Montréal. It also encourages all Canadians to discover the beauty of the Eastern provinces.”
Susan Williams, General Manager, Eastern Canada, at VIA Rail, said:
“Over the past months, VIA Rail has made preparations to receive many passengers onboard the Ocean train during the summer, a peak period for train travel between Montréal and Halifax. Thanks to the integration of Maritime Bus’ and VIA Rail’s networks, we are glad to offer our passengers the possibility to easily plan a trip to take part in the many attractions Canada’s Maritime Provinces offer. Now exploring the impressive Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, visiting the stunning Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia or going to the beautiful Prince Edward Island will be easier and more convenient for our customers.”
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