All aboard! Via Rail debuts early-morning train from Ottawa to Toronto

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Via Rail announced Monday that it is introducing train 641, which will leave Ottawa at 4:19 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 8:48 a.m.

The new train, designed for passengers wishing to arrive in Toronto before 9 a.m., will run Monday to Thursday starting May 27, with stops in Kingston, Belleville, Cobourg and Port Hope.

“In recent months, stakeholders and frequent passengers from Eastern Ontario have emphasized the significance of early-morning VIA Rail services for their communities and we took great care to listen and act on this feedback,” said Mario Péloquin, president and CEO.

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“This is why we are looking forward to offering this option for passengers who wish to travel to Toronto before 9 a.m., whether for business or leisure. We hope, and are confident, that they will answer the call and help us make this new frequency a success.”

Via Rail said it will be closely monitoring public response to this new early-morning departure and will implement adjustments based on ridership and actual use.

Also announced Monday, train 644, which currently operates from Friday to Sunday, will run daily as of May 27 to offer passengers more midday travel options and greater flexibility, Via said in a news release.

Passengers can start booking trips on these new departures beginning April 29, according to the release.

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