Blue Sky Workshop on the Future of VIA Rail, May 26

Transport Action members
are developing a blueprint
for a best case
plan for Via Rail.
Since its inception as a Crown corporation in 1977, VIA Rail Canada  has lived a fragile life, buffeted by politics, bureaucracy, hostile competitors and unwelcoming host railways.

Today, armed with nearly $1 billion in fresh capital funding from the current government, it would appear that VIA is finally poised for a new era of growth and stability.  But those same antagonistic forces that have conspired against our national passenger system are gathering steam in their crusade to stop VIA dead in its tracks.

Blue Sky Workshop on the Future of VIA Rail 
Saturday, May 26, 2012  
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Room 484, Jorgenson Hall, 
Ryerson University, 300 Victoria Street, Toronto

Now, more than ever, VIA needs informed friends who can intelligently articulate a vision for rail passenger service in Canada from coast to coast.

On Saturday, May 26, Transport Action Ontario and Transport Action Canada will jointly host "Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Blue Sky Workshop on the Future of VIA Rail Canada".  The result will be a blueprint for the maintenance, strengthening and expansion of VIA. This document will be the basis of Transport Action's new campaign to alert Canadians to the dangers VIA is facing and the untapped potential it still holds.

Do you have ideas about what needs to be done to put VIA on track for the future?  A new fleet and route network?  A more productive relationship with the freight railways?  The oft-discussed (but never-enacted) VIA Rail Canada Act?  This is your chance to help Transport Action craft the vision for VIA that has been lacking for too long.

"Swifter, Higher, Stronger" will be facilitated by Greg Gormick, a Toronto transportation writer, researcher and government policy advisor who has been active professionally in rail passenger matters for nearly four decades.

But there's a catch.  Attendance is by advance registration only and is limited to Transport Action members.

And each attendee will be required to submit in advance a list of the three key issues they believe are central to VIA's future as modern, innovative and sustainable rail passenger service.

Register today for this chance to have your say about the future of VIA!  Just click on the link below.  (If link does not open, just copy and paste the address into your web browser.)