The Ottawa train station will soon get a major makeover to celebrate its 50th anniversary. 

Renovations totalling an estimated $20 million will begin on the train station starting in September 2016. The money will be used to build an elevated and heated passenger platform, new elevators to the tunnel and boarding platforms, a new electrical room and an upgraded electrical system. In addition, two new afternoon trips in the Ottawa-Toronto corridor are being added as of November 1st. 

“Railways in this country have a long history of providing service to Canadians and the Ottawa Station helps to continue this tradition for the National Capital Region’’, said Member of Parliament David McGuinty in a press release. 

VIA Rail said these renovations follow a series of upgrades that began in 2007. 

"Once the renovations are complete, our facilities will be more accessible and mobility within the station as well as boarding and disembarking from our trains will be easier for everyone," said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail.

"The Ottawa train station is at the heart of our future dedicated tracks project, which will draw more passengers with increased train frequencies, shorter travel times and more convenient and reliable schedules."

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