In the opinion of several rail passenger professionals – especially former Amtrak president and Cape Breton resident David Gunn – VIA Rail Canada is dying.
A review of VIA’s 2013 Annual Report, the Summary of the 2013-2017 Corporate Plan and its first two quarterly reports for 2014 confirms this opinion. VIA’s performance trends are either largely stagnant or declining. Costs and financial liabilities are increasing, while ridership and revenues are flat or falling. As measured by on-time performance, VIA’s service quality and its ability to attract additional passengers is also declining. VIA has become old, slow and late.