Environment & Sustainable Mobility

To learn more about VIA Rail's commitment to the environment, check out our most recent Sustainable Mobility ReportThis link opens in a new tab

The smarter way to travel

At VIA Rail, we are playing our part in shaping the future of mobility. VIA Rail moves millions of passengers every year across Canada, and we are leading the way to alleviating congestion in cities and reducing transport emissions. There is a greater cause to be served using passenger rail —and that is to improve the health, environment and quality of life of Canadians.

Our vision is to be the smarter way to move people by making cities and communities more accessible, connected and sustainable. Our priority is to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations, use resources efficiently, minimize waste, and promote the environmental benefits of rail by encouraging travellers to leave to leave their cars at home and take the train.

Special projects

A beeutiful species

VIA Rail is proud to partner with Alvéole by installing hives on the roofs of four stations: Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Québec City. This partnership demonstrates VIA Rail's commitment to protecting the environment. By the end of spring, each station will have two hives that will welcome up to 100,000 bees.

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Facts and statistics


tonnes of CO 2-e of carbon avoided by VIA Rail trains in 2017 when compared to car travel.


less energy used on average by trains when compared to road transport.


reduction in GHG emissions since 2005

Per passenger-kilometre as a result of various energy efficiency and reduction initiatives.


reducing criteria air contaminants (CAC) since 2009

Per passenger-kilometre.


increased inter-modal ridership since 2012

With new partnership agreements continuously being formed.

Committed towards circular economy

Through optimization of equipment utilization and our waste minimization strategy.


Act on our commitment to the environment

As climate change is one of the most serious threats we face in the transportation sector, we have set ambitious targets as part of our commitment to the International Railways Union to reduce our GHG emissions.


In 2017, we improved our fuel efficiency by 30%, based on 2005 levels.

Energy efficiency at our buildings is being achieved through building retrofits, including lighting fixtures, air conditioning and boiler systems, and other building envelope refurbishments.

For example, improvements to the Toronto Maintenance Centre enabled us to reduce our energy and carbon emissions, by saving approximately 2.2 million kWh per year for the facility, translating into savings of $250,000 per year in operating expenses.

To learn more about VIA Rail's commitment to the environment, check out our most recent Sustainable Mobility ReportThis link opens in a new tab.