No longer a mad scramble to grab a Via rail seat (con't)

For example, your ticket will have the car number and seat listed by number and whether it is beside the window or aisle.

Besides the notorious mad scramble for the best seats under the old system, Via Rail says there are several advantages to assigned seating.

For example, Spokeswoman Mariam Diaby says it speeds the boarding process.

She also said it “gives a sense of reassurance, knowing which seat the customer will occupy.

And it ends “the stress” for couples or groups who want to sit together.

Rail consumer advocate Paul Langan says he has “no problem” with assigned seating.

“I think that’s fair.”

He said Via’s “real problems” relate to poor marketing and scheduling, in part because the rail company doesn’t own most of the tracks the trains run on.

Freight railway Canadian National owns them.

Langan lives in Cambridge and last weekend attended a college football game in Windsor.

But to take the train he would have had to stay overnight in Windsor.

Cambridge is off the main line and passengers must transfer through London.

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