|The VIA Rail Ocean in Amherst, Nova Scotia|
However the release also says VIA Rail is "adjusting our services to better align with customer demand". VIA's president and CEO Marc Laliberté stated ominously, "Where the demand varies dramatically by season, we need to adjust frequencies in order to remain efficient." (emphasis mine)
At the bottom of the release, the cuts are spelled out.
- The Ocean: It will now depart Halifax only three times a week, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays (down from the current 6/week).
- The Canadian will be reduced during the winter from 3 departures/week to 2/week.
- Some Southern Ontario trains are cancelled.
With cuts taking place across the federal government, these were not unexpected. It was widely anticipated that the Ocean and Canadian would take hits as both are suffering in ridership during certain periods.