Via Rail Canada Unveils New Toronto Panorama Lounge
Via Rail Canada has opened its new Panorama Lounge for Business and Sleeper Class passengers at Toronto’s Union Station, as part of the Canadian government’s $930 million project to upgrade and modernize Via Rail’s trains, tracks, and stations across the country.
The new 6,200-square-foot ground-floor lounge in the historic station features restored marble and terrazzo floors, modern furnishings, natural light, dark wood cabinetry, and works by local artists. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a business center with computers, printers, and meeting space, and free beverages, including cappuccino and espresso. The new lounge is two and a half times the size of its predecessor.
Upgrades to Toronto Union Station’s baggage areas, and the addition of more train boards are scheduled for completion by October 2012.
Via Rail Canada operates that country’s national passenger rail system, with a fleet of 396 passenger cars and 78 locomotives operating as many as 497 trains each week on 12,500 kilometers (7,800 miles) of track.