VIA Rail announced today it will improve service from Ottawa to Canada’s two biggest cities, and add a new link between the Capital and Quebec City.

VIA will add 28 new trips a week along the Ottawa-Toronto-Quebec City corridor. The new service will put four new trains on the rails.

“Quebec City to Ottawa would be done in five hours and twenty minutes which is basically hard to beat even if you take any other mode of transport,” says VIA Rail CEO Marc Laliberte.

One-way fares to Quebec City start at $75 for Economy Class.

Service is also being increased on Fridays and Sundays from Ottawa to both Toronto and Montreal, where demand for weekend travel is growing.        

Travellers may also notice upgrades to the F40 locomotives, which have been rebuilt at a cost of $100 Million.

The changes will take effect on December 10th.