Fleet Replacement Program

 
Leading Canadians Towards a More Sustainable Future

VIA Rail is getting a brand new fleet of trains! That’s right, within a few years we will be welcoming passengers onto 32 new trainsets for use in Quebec and Ontario, where we serve over 4.5 million passengers a year. These new trains will replace our aging fleet while offering Canadians more reliable, comfortable and sustainable travel.

What’s more, the new fleet will have a reduced environmental footprint (thanks to some of the most energy-efficient tech around), producing four to five times less pollution than cars or other modes of transportation.

With a scheduled arrival beginning in 2022, it won’t be long before we’re all sitting pretty in our new fleet!

Meet the New Fleet
New Fleet Features
Universal Accessibility

Our new trains will exceed industry standards among accessible modes of transportation. With more accessible areas, braille seat numbering and enhanced wheelchair spaces among other amenities, we will ensure universal accessibility for people with reduced mobility and their caretakers.

4-5x less Pollution Than Cars

Featuring some of the most energy-efficient tech around, our new fleet will cement our status as a more sustainable way to travel, emitting four to five times less pollution than cars and other modes of transport.

A Very Comfortable Ride

Passengers will enjoy wider seats, wider aisles, a quiet zone and better WiFi connectivity for a more productive (or relaxing) trip on even quieter trains, with lower noise emissions.

Better for Bags and Bikes

Flexible luggage spaces will provide easier storage for all your bags. And while you’re at it – bring your bike! Our bike racks will make your intermodal trip that much easier.

More Trips for More Passengers

Our bi-directional fleet, capable of operating in either direction, will reduce turnaround times and lower operating costs. That means we can run our trains more often - and accommodate more passengers on more trips!

Latest project update
Timeline and Key Milestones

Representing an investment of $989 million, the project will result in 32 new train sets that will provide our passengers with a smoother ride for the next 30+ years.

 
2018
 
Request for qualifications
 
Contract awarded to Siemens
 
2019
 
Current stageDesign and engineering
 
2021
 
Testing phase
 
2022
 
First train enters service
 
2024
 
All new train sets in service
Take a Closer Look

Wider seats, quiet zones, and flexible luggage spaces.

New designated spaces for bikes.

Bi-directional fleet providing higher seating capacity.