Government of Canada invests in infrastructure improvements at VIA Rail's Kingston Station

News Release

October 28, 2016 – Kingston, Ontario – Transport Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance for Canadian travellers to access a national rail transportation service that is safe, secure, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sustainable, and that meets their needs.

Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today highlighted an investment for improvements at VIA Rail's Kingston station.

Projects include repairs to the station's roof, parking and roadways, as well as upgrades to the pedestrian tunnel and station kiosks. They also include improvements to transportation aids at the station including the north escalator and Garaventa lifts. Investing in these infrastructure improvements creates valuable, well-paying jobs that help strengthen the middle class while ensuring safe and reliable travel services to Canadians.

These projects are being partially funded through a $34.4 million investment that was allocated to several improvement projects as part of the federal infrastructure initiative announced in Budget 2016.

Quotes

"These improvements to VIA Rail's Kingston station are an important investment in ensuring that the needs of passengers are met from the moment they arrive at the station to the time that they reach their destination."
Mark Gerretsen
Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands

"This investment allows VIA Rail's rail corridor infrastructure to remain safe and secure while at the same time improving the passenger experience by making it more accessible and efficient for Canadians."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Fact

  • The Government of Canada provided more than $395 million in annual funding in 2015-2016 to support VIA Rail's operating and capital needs, with another $444.9 million earmarked for 2016-2017, including this $34.4 million.

Contacts

Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport
613-991-0700

MP Mark Gerretsen's constituency office
613-542-3243

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
media@tc.gc.ca


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