VIA Rail's The Ocean Now Offers Wi-Fi Aboard the Ocean

Railroad tracksVIA Rail's long-haul train, the Ocean, is equipped with the same Wi-Fi available to passengers on the Quebec City - Windsor Corridor.

Available across more than 98 percent of the route between Montreal and Halifax, the new Wi-Fi connection allows passengers to stay connected to work, friends and family throughout the trip. Using the Ocean's new Wi-Fi access, travelers may choose to use their online travel time to find tourist information and plan their trip before reaching their destination.

"The installation of Wi-Fi on the Ocean is part of our modernization strategy for Canada's national passenger rail service," said Marc Laliberté, president and CEO of VIA Rail. "VIA Rail is responding to a very tangible need in an era where virtual communication and Web research are at the forefront of people's daily activities. For VIA Rail, responding to the demands of the travelling public is a concrete way to stand out and earn the loyalty of our clients."

Throughout the first three weeks of availability, about 20 percent of travlers aboard the Ocean used the Wi-Fi service. Passengers transferred 58 gigabytes of data - equivalent to 100,000 web pages or 58,000 emails - without any additional costs.

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