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CONNECTS PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES SUPPORTS ECONOMIC GROWTH AND RELIEVES CONGESTION REDUCES GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS Millions of people rely on passenger rail to move safely, affordably and reliably across Canada. For smaller communities, passenger rail is often the only alternative to using the car. As part of our social fabric, rail enables people to access jobs, participate in the economic activities of other communities, and improve their social connections and quality of life. VIA Rail connects over 400 communities along 12,500 kilometers of track, carrying 3.8 million passengers, of which almost 3.6 were moved in the densely populated areas of Ontario and Québec. The rail sector generates more than $10 billion per year in revenues of which 95% comes from freight operations and 5% from commuter, inter-city and tourist passenger rail services. 1) However, growing congestion and reliability issues continue to challenge Canada’s shared railway infrastructure. VIA Rail’s first phase of the proposed dedicated tracks project estimates it would triple ridership, reduce annual car traffic in the Toronto-Ottawa-Montréal corridor by at least 5.5 million car trips, and contribute to the decongestion of mixed use freight and passenger rail infrastructure. Passenger rail can help bring the transformational change required in Canada to reduce the transportation sector’s contribution to climate change and smog. In 2013, the transportation sector accounted for 23% of Canada’s GHG emissions, of which 51% came from passenger road transport and a mere 0.07% from VIA Rail’s passenger rail service. 3) Additional fleet renewals and technology upgrade opportunities also help make passenger rail an even more compelling alternative to taking the car. Since 2009, VIA Rail improved its overall fuel efficiency by 24%. STATIONS ACROSS CANADA CONNECTING COMMUNITIES Eastern 13 Québec 119 Ontario 109 Central 56 Western 76 373 RAIL SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION TO CANADA’S ECONOMY 1) $10B ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST OF CONGESTION IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA 2) $6-11B VIA RAIL’S FUEL EFFICIENCY VIA RAIL’S FUEL EFFICIENCY GHG emissions intensity vs. Passenger GHG Emissions Intensity vs. Fuel kilometre per litre fuel Improvement per Passenger-kilometre ktC0 2 /Passenger-km 0.15 0.10 0.05 0 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 40 30 20 10 0 Passenger-km/litre fuel Sources: 1) Transport Canada 2) C.D. Howe Institute 3) Environment Canada SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY REPORT 2015 07

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