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Sign of the Times and update on VIA RAIL’s Billion Dollar Transformation

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on February 4, 2013

More changes at VIA, at least in Alexandria Ont. The ticket-agent quit a few weeks ago and VIA hasn’t hired a new one. So instead of a smiling agent the customer is now greeted by a piece of plywood telling it to call an 800 number (Gare Alexandria in French translates to ‘Beware Alexandria’.. it can be a scary place.) Meanwhile the high-tech baggage scale that appeared back in late 2012 to ensure that passengers weren’t taking oversized bags onto the train is now being used as a magazine rack. Alexandria is a bedroom community of both Ottawa and Montreal and didn’t really require a scale, most people travel with just a toothbrush and a computer, not a refrigerator (unless you’re Mike Duffy).. or 2 limos (like the PM took to India..what’s wrong with an elephant?) I suppose VIA blew its Alexandria budget on the scale and now can’t afford an agent.

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Go to the VIA page and click to see VIA’s billion dollar upgrade. VIA’s $10000000000. transformation Read all about the new station in Windsor (not Windsor Station, as far as I know that’s still in Montreal) or the glass-covered foot bridges in Oshawa and mention though of the plywood over what used to be the ticket-wicket in Alexandria, and the billion dollar scale that doubles as a magazine rack. I hate to harp on but not all VIA passengers are created equal.


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  1. campbie said, on February 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Via Cretinosa ?
    The Stations of The Cross !
    Why don’t they just put up a platform to jump onto moving
    Flatbed Cars ?
    Baggage ?
    Bindles available So one can
    hobo an oboe
    old beau
    Dos dos ?
    Via asleep at the switch .

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